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Emergency Preparedness and Response in Denver

The Emergency Preparedness team at Denver Public Health specializes in planning, preparing for, identifying, and responding to all types of public health emergencies. Some of the emergencies that the City and County of Denver could face include:

  • Natural Disasters: Snow storms, flooding, tornadoes, extreme heat, etc.
  • Disease Outbreaks: Flu, Whooping Cough, Measles, emerging infectious diseases, etc.
  • Man-made hazards: Hazardous materials incidents, terrorist attacks, etc.

Regional Efforts to Address Public Health Emergencies in Denver

As a local public health department, most of our work focuses on coordinating regional planning, preparedness and response activities for public health emergencies with other professionals. Specifically, we work in the following areas.

  • Provide Education and Outreach to Childcare Facilities and Schools
  • Distribute Health Advisories through our Denver Health Alert Network
  • Manage Emergency Preparedness Healthcare Coalitions

Public Health Emergency Dispensing Exercise (PHED Ex 2017) June 15-17, 2017PHED ex 2017 logo

Denver Public Health recently participated in the full-scale, statewide Public Health Emergency Dispensing Exercise (PHED Ex 2017) from June 15-17, 2017.

The community was invited to participate in this exercise by volunteering to walk through our mock medication dispensing site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 17 at Denver Health’s Federico F. Peña Southwest Family Health Center (1339 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219).

People of all ages were welcomed, and volunteers received free giveaways.

Partners can download flyers to share in English and Spanish. Additional information about PHED Ex 2017 is on the Denver Public Health News Room.

Prepare Yourself and Your Family for an Emergency

How can you and your family be more prepared for emergencies?

Personal Emergency Preparedness Steps

Make a Plan

  • Develop a family emergency plan that includes:
    • Emergency contact, pre-determined meeting locations, medical information, insurance information, etc.
  • Store important documents (property insurance, financial papers, etc.) in more than one place in case your residence is destroyed. Options:
    • Email documents to yourself.
    • Store important documents on Google Drive.
    • Store documents on a password protected USB-drive.
  • Have plans for sheltering-in-place and evacuation.
  • Know where your family meeting place is.
  • Establish an out-of-town contact.


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