Emergency Preparedness

Since September 11, 2001, there have been several presidential directives requiring government agencies to implement an Incident Command system and train staff in All Hazards Preparedness. Response to pandemic influenza, terrorist agents, nuclear disasters, as well as weather-related incidents are addressed in the plan. All would present emergency situations that would require a public health response.

Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility. Use this information to increase your preparedness for a public health emergency.

With a little advanced planning, you can be ready for the unexpected.

Information Pertaining to Public Health Emergency Preparedness


To be prepared for Emergency Situations, check out the following links:

Volunteer Information

Our Volunteer Coordinator is focusing on recruiting, training, and maintaining our current Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Corp. Volunteers are from all walks of life and bring a lot of experience to the table for us to utilize in our Points of Dispensing Sites (P.O.D.). Consider helping your fellow neighbors during an emergency, by signing up before an incident.

Volunteers may also apply for the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) through the McLean County Health Department. Volunteers may be members of both groups, with the option of only serving in Livingston County.

Family Emergency Preparedness Information

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services - water, gas, electricity or telephones - were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Families can - and do - cope with disaster by preparing in advance, working together and supporting others in their neighborhood. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

We encourage all residents to Build a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed for yourself, family, school, business and faith-based community.

Plan ahead with the help of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy for you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies or disasters. Visit their website to see what you can do each month to be better prepared, and to track your progress.