Emergency Preparedness Information

Welcome to Public Health Preparedness at Southwest District Health!

Public health emergencies could happen at any time. Whether it is a natural disaster such as flooding, infectious disease, or manmade threat, public health emergencies can affect our families, communities, and businesses.

The Office of Public Health Preparedness (PHP) at Southwest District Health was developed in 2002 in response to acts of terrorism within the United States initially but has evolved into more of an all hazards approach to protect the public health for Southwest Idaho residents in Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington counties.

PHP works in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and six other Idaho Public Districts to develop local, regional, and statewide strategies for response to any Idaho public health emergency.

Please see the following sections to learn more information about emergency preparedness.

  • Citizen Preparedness
  • What To Do For Public Health Emergencies
  • Medical Reserve Corps