Emergency Preparedness

Office of Emergency Preparedness Mission

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.


Holiday Travel Safety Tips

It's that time of year --- food, festivities, friends, and family. This means it is the holiday travel season. Just as you prepare for other emergencies, take a moment and make sure you prepare for emergencies during your travels.

Follow these safety tips to make the most of your holiday celebrations.

Traveling by Plane:

Traveling by Train:

  • Carry a personal emergency kit in your bags
  • Bring activities to keep yourself and family entertained during the trip.

Traveling by Car:

  • Have an emergency kit in your car
  • Plan your trip ahead of time, and let friends and family know the route and your anticipated time of arrival
  • “Are we there yet?” Bring activities, games, and books to keep the little ones entertained so you can focus on arriving at your destination safely.

No matter how you are traveling, stay up to date on the latest local forecast at www.weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov.

For more information from TSA on your phone, download the TSA App for iPhone and visit www.tsa.gov/mobile.


Be Prepared for Emergencies while Traveling

Learn more about emergency preparedness while you travel at

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Healthcare providers can find Healthcare Coalition contact information here.

National Weather Service Information

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