Public Health Preparedness

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Public health preparedness is the capability of the public health and health care systems, communities and individuals to prevent, protect against, quickly respond to, and recover from health emergencies.

The Vermont Department of Health works with hospitals, partner agencies and communities to ensure public health emergencies are considered when developing response plans. Individuals can also do their part by staying informed, being prepared at home, and getting involved in their community preparedness efforts.

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Health care professionals protect the health of Vermonters through efforts to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, infectious disease, terrorism and mass casualty emergencies. The Health Department supports these efforts in many ways.

Act now to prepare for any emergency – flooding, an ice storm, power outage, flu pandemic or disease outbreak. You may need to evacuate or stay where you are to keep safe.