Emergency Preparedness

Cortland tornado-2014The Emergency Preparedness Program coordinates planning and program development through local, state and federal offices to protect the health and safety of the citizens and visitors in the Public Health Solutions District Health Department five-county service area. The program endeavors to educate the public at-large about the importance of preparedness. The Emergency Response Coordinator works with many community groups such as police, fire and rescue, emergency managers, elected officials, hospitals, and schools to protect the health of our citizens. Because response to emergencies requires more than just our department’s preparation, we work together, across all five counties, to prepare and carry out disaster plans to protect our service area and to test those plans through simulated drills.

Prepare, Plan, and Stay Informed.

One of the best ways for a community to be ready for an emergency is to encourage all citizens to be prepared. Being prepared assures you and your family’s safety in the event of a public health emergency. For information on emergency preparedness kits and plans, visit www.ready.gov. For bad weather updates and road conditions, visit www.noaa.gov and www.transportation.nebraska.gov. For more information, you can also visit cdc.gov.


For more information about our Emergency Preparedness Program, contact Kate Lange, Emergency Response Coordinator, at 402-826-3880.

Emergency Registry

floodDuring an emergency, government and other emergency services may not be able to immediately meet your needs. It is important for you to make individual plans and preparations for your care and safety. Here is a voluntary disaster registry that provides search and rescue workers the vital information they need to help you after a disaster. Public Health Solutions uses the program to help citizens of the five-county district during emergencies.

If you answer “Yes” to any of the following questions, please consider registering with the program:

  • Do I rely on home health personal care, or nursing visits to maintain independence in my home?
  • Do I require electricity to run my medical equipment?
  • Do I require daily medications?
  • Do I have physical limitations that affect my mobility, strength, balance, vision, hearing or comprehension?

Complete the enrollment form and return to Public Health Solutions, or call and request to have the paperwork mailed to you.