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.


September - National Preparedness Month

Emergency Kit Cook-Off 2020

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the current hurricane season, the Office of Emergency Preparedness regretfully decided to cancel the Emergency Kit Cook-Off competition for 2020. This just means you have a whole year to plan for next year's cook-off, and while you are planning, take a moment to review the Emergency Kit Cook-Off Cookbook featuring some amazing recipes from previous years.

Emergency Kit Cook-Off Cookbook

Hurricane Damage

Disaster Preparedness

Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. Visit ready.gov