public health Preparedness and response

Public health emergencies can come in many forms such as floods, tornadoes or even through man-made threats such as bio-terrorism.  These public health emergencies may occur with little or no warning, which is why Linn County Public Health encourages every resident to prepare for the worst case scenario.

  • Gather emergency supplies

  • Develop a communication plan 

  • Be informed

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  1. Gather Emergency Supplies
  2. Develop a Communication Plan
  3. Be Informed

First, gather emergency supplies to account for the possibility of being without food, water or electricity for an extended amount of time.  A good rule of thumb is to prepare for a scenario where you may be without a food or water supply for two weeks. 

  • Food should be non-perishable items consisting of various canned goods, dry mixes and other pantry items
  • Have an ample supply of clean water for consumption, food preparation and hygiene.  A normal active person needs at least 2 quarts (a half gallon) of water each day; however, it is best to store at least 1 gallon per person, per day to account for the various water needs during an emergency
  • Remember to take into account the needs of your pets and service animals.  Learn more about building a basic disaster supplies kit

Page last reviewed: July 19, 2019
Page last updated: July 19, 2019