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

1. To be prepared for Emergency Situations click on the following links:

Red Cross Terrorism Preparedness

Citizen’s Emergency Handbook

2. Information on Bioterrorism Visit: IDPH

3. 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 MRC (Medical Reserve Corp) through the McLean County Health Department click on MRC Application link below. Volunteers may be members of both groups, with the option of only serving in Livingston County.

Volunteer Application

MRC Volunteer Application

Contact Information:  Jackie Dever

Phone: 815-844-7174 ext 228

4. 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.


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. For more information http://do1thing.com on what you can to do each month to be better prepared, and to track your progress visit:

Additional Resources

Illinois Emergency Website


Emergency Preparedness

Winter Preparedness

Additional Materials

Earthquake Safety Guide