Emergency preparedness information

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)

The PHEP program is funded through an annual grant provided by the Ohio Department of Health.  The PHEP program is managed by the health department’s Emergency Response Coordinator.  The PHEP program enhances the health department’s ability to work with local organizations and agencies plan for and reduce bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health threats and emergencies. 

Emergency Response Plan

Wayne County Health Department maintains an all-hazard response plan which outlines the functions and strategies that the health department will implement during natural, technological, and manmade emergencies in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Wayne County residents.

Wayne Holmes emergency coalition
Wayne Holmes Emergency Coalition

The mission of the Wayne Holmes Emergency Coalition is to strengthen local emergency response capabilities directed toward pandemics, terrorism, weather-related events, and acute large-scale events by building relationships with partner agencies.

The Wayne Holmes Emergency Coalition was created in 2003 in response to the terrorist events of 9/11 and the deliberate release of anthrax against civilians in the fall of 2001 and is chaired by the health department’s emergency response coordinator.   The Coalition is represented by a broad range of local partners and agencies for the purposes of evaluating local response capabilities and for developing plans to address identified needs.

Wayne Holmes Emergency Coalition meetings are held on a monthly basis.  

Family disaster plan
Make a Family Disaster Plan

Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere, anytime, and often occur without warning.  Take the necessary steps to protect you and your family ahead of time. Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use it as a guide to creating your own. 

Keep in mind that your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it's important to know how you'll contact each other and reconnect if separated.

Build A Disaster Supply Kit

Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist available below.

Keep in mind that after an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. 


Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place
  • Store boxed food in a tightly closed plastic or metal containers
  • Replace expired items as needed
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Vehicle: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
Be Prepared
The hazards that pose the greatest threat to Wayne County residents include Severe Thunderstorm/High Winds, Winter Weather, Flood, and Tornado.
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Comments or Questions?
For comments or questions regarding the ERP or if you are interested in attending these meetings please contact (330) 264-9590 or email the emergency response coordinator by filling out the form below.
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