NACCHO Member Preparedness Month Spotlight: Shelby County Health Department

To mark the eleventh annual National Preparedness Month, NACCHO asked members to share how their local health department is promoting preparedness in their communities. Below is a feature from Shelby County Health Department (TN). Would you like to share your National Preparedness Month plans with NACCHO? Share your plans in the comments section below or email and you could be featured.

The Shelby County Health Department’s public health emergency preparedness program is holding its annual emergency preparedness expo on Saturday, September 27 in Memphis, TN. During the expo, the health department will welcome various community agencies promoting their own preparedness and response services designed to serve the vulnerable populations of Shelby County (some include the Office of Emergency Management, Memphis Center for Independent Living, the Red Cross, and Porter Leath). The event is FREE to the public and will also feature family-friendly activities such as a relay race to build an emergency kit, generator and food safety demos, and Red Cross Safety House tours.

As an added bonus this year, the health department is also including the county’s first ever Emergency Kit Cook-Off! They have accepted recipe submissions and have partnered with to host national voting Sept 15-20 to select five finalists. Those five finalists will prepare their emergency kit recipes in front of live audience during the September 27 expo. Local celebrity judges will score the recipes and select a grand prize winner. Contest rules and details can be found at

Special thanks to Heather Fortner, Risk Communication Coordinator at the Shelby County Health Department for sharing this submission.

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