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Public Health Preparedness

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The Office of Public Health Preparedness is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, department-wide approach to public health preparedness and response activities. Activities include:
  • Coordinating planning for all-hazards preparedness activities such as the CDC Strategic National Stockpile program, the CDC Cities Readiness Initiative and the TDSHS Public Health Preparedness grant
  • Providing scientific and clinical oversight for public health preparedness activities
  • Assuring public health response functions in the context of the National Incident Management System
  • Preparing for, preventing, responding to and recovering from public health emergencies
  • Coordinating competency-based education and training of public health emergency staff; conducting drills and exercises


If you believe you have been exposed to a biological or chemical agent, or if you believe an intentional biological threat will occur or is occurring, please contact your local health department and/or your local police or other law enforcement agency.

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Last updated:  March 24, 2009 
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
2223 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Tel: (713) 439-6000