Emergency Preparedness

Our mission is to effectively respond to any emergency impacting public health through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. VDH Emergency Preparedness involves state, regional and local emergency response partners working together to enhance readiness to respond to all hazards, including bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule
Healthcare providers can find Healthcare Coalition contact information here.


In celebration of National Preparedness Month in September, many events were planned for the month to include an Emergency Kit Cook-Off. State employees submitted recipes that could be prepared using only nonperishable pantry items and manual appliances.

This years Cook-Off was held on September 26. The finalists did a great job showing that the loss of power doesn’t have to equal loss of taste and that a little gourmet can help provide comfort during an emergency. The 2018 Emergency Preparedness Cook-Off event allowed VDH to share 6 emergency preparedness recipes, 8 state offices/agencies and local non-profit organizations to share emergency preparedness information and Walgreens Pharmacy to vaccinate over 120 individuals with the flu vaccine. What a great success to get Virginia state employees prepared for disasters and emergencies.  More information about the event can be found here.


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