Emergency Preparedness

Every day, public health works to prolong life and promote community health through disease prevention, control of environmental health hazards, and attention to the health needs of vulnerable population groups. Public Health Emergency Preparedness is the process of planning, training, collaborating, responding, and evaluating to ensure that people and communities are protected when extraordinary or large-scale events threaten public health and safety


The Western UP Health Department works with local hospitals, emergency medical teams, county emergency planners, and regional, state and federal authorities to develop and exercise procedures to protect public health in the face of a wide range of possible emergencies, including natural disasters, contaminated food or water supplies, communicable disease outbreaks, and the potential use of biological, chemical or radiological weapons.

For more information regarding local public health emergency preparedness, please contact Pete Baril, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, at (906) 482-7382 x 155.

Emergency Preparedness and You

While we cannot know when disaster or public health emergencies will strike, preparing for the unexpected can help you and your family deal with emergencies more efficiently and effectively. Follow the steps below to help protect your family:

Get a Kit: By creating an emergency kit today, you’re ready for whatever comes along tomorrow. Click here for CDC recommendations in building an emergency supply kit.

Make a Plan: Make sure all family members know and understand what to do and where to go in case of emergency. Click here for tips to develop your disaster plan.

Be Informed: Learn how to shelter in place, how to cope with the aftermath of disasters, and what terms such as quarantine and isolation mean.

Are You Ready?

Think your family is prepared in case of a natural or public health disaster? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) if you’re well prepared to deal with a zombie apocalypse you’ll be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack. Click here to read Zombie Pandemic, a fun graphic novella that teaches the importance of Emergency Preparedness.

Become a Health Emergency Volunteer!

Have skills you’d like to share in the event of a local natural or public health emergency? Please visit the Michigan Volunteer Registry to sign up or contact Pete Baril at 482-7382 x 155 for more details.

For additional information about safety and preparedness, please visit:

Western UP Health Department–Emergency Fact Sheets Page