Public Health Preparedness

Public Health Preparedness

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The Health Department's mission is to protect and promote the best health of all Vermonters.

Public Health Emergency 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 public health emergencies. 

The sections below provide valuable information to help individuals, families, community organizations, and businesses prepare for emergencies.

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Current Public Health Emergencies & Response (as of 9/6/2022)


National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. Learn more about upcoming events and trainings in your community.

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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.

Health Department staff are trained and ready to respond to public health emergencies so that people in Vermont can stay healthy and safe. We work with local, state and federal partners to make sure we are prepared to distribute medicine, supplies and information to residents across Vermont. Learn more about how we help our communities prepare for and respond to emergencies. 

Vermont’s rivers, streams and lakes can be harmful to our health and safety when they flood. Learn about the steps you can take to stay safe before, during and after a flood.