Wildfires: Information and Resources for Preparedness, Response and Recovery

California’s fall fire season started on Oct. 1, and after only a week, more than a dozen wildfires raged across Northern California. California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma and Yuba counties and activated the State…

Six Compelling Reasons to Include People with Disabilities at the Emergency Planning Table

By Alice Hoffman, program coordinator, Health Promotion for People with Disabilities Initiative, Disabilities Health Unit, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Emergency preparedness is an essential part of public health. In a disaster, emergency preparedness becomes emergency response – evacuating individuals from flooded areas, distributing…

National Preparedness Month Spotlight: Vulnerable Populations

As local health departments (LHDs) take part in National Preparedness Month activities with their communities, it’s important to include people who require additional assistance in the event of a natural disaster or emergency in those conversations. In support of LHD efforts to address the needs…

National Preparedness Month Spotlight: Administrative Preparedness

Throughout National Preparedness Month, many local health departments will remind their communities about the importance of personal and family preparedness. NACCHO encourages local health departments (LHDs) to also take the opportunity to assess their health departments’ internal preparedness for all-hazards threats, including administrative preparedness. Administrative…