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Disaster/Emergency Preparedness

The Preparedness Program at the Health Department strives to build agency and community preparedness through trainings, exercises, and outreach. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Regional Public Health Preparedness Coordinator is housed in Jessamine County, lending significant expertise and response capacity to our local planning efforts. JCHD regularly participates in drills which test our regular and alternative communication systems such as: regional and state-wide satellite communications testing and quarterly ReadyOp notification drills. Furthermore, the Health Department participates in community wide exercises including the annual Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) exercise.

The Health Department has plans in place to protect its citizens in the event of a natural disaster or a bioterrorism attack. Public health and personal preparedness are crucial in the face of any disaster and special emphasis has been placed on training our staff on how to react in the event of a disaster.

Disaster Preparedness Resources 

Community Preparedness – Pets & Livestock

Family Communications Plan for Disasters

Home Emergency Kit

Ready.gov

Severe Weather: Understanding Watches vs. Warnings

Ways to Help – Volunteering during a Disaster 

KHELPS is a web-based online registration system developed to facilitate health and medical response through identification, credentialing, and deployment of Kentuckians willing to serve (volunteer) in emergency, as well as non-emergency situations.