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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Depending on the emergency, Washington County Public Health serves as the lead agency or a key partner in disaster response.

During an emergency, Washington County Public Health serves as the local lead agency in any incident involving an outbreak of infectious disease, including pandemic influenza, foodborne illness, vaccine-preventable disease or emerging infectious disease. In any other kind of disaster, we are a key partner in the response. Below are some resources that have been developed with our partners across the county and the region.

Washington County Emergency Management Cooperative (EMC) – EMC is a partnership between Washington County and the cities. Information on this website includes:

  • Contact information for county and city emergency management programs
  • Current conditions including links to weather and road updates, as well as volcano, earthquake and tsunami activity
  • Information on how to prepare for disasters

Public Alerts - Sign up for emergency alerts for your community. Website also includes:

  • How to prepare for local emergencies
  • Preparedness tools and resources
  • Free emergency preparedness trainings

Social Media: Follow Washington County HHS on Facebook and the county's Spanish Facebook page for critical emergency preparedness and response information.

Get trained!

Medical Reserve Corps - Public health emergency preparedness staff and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers offer trainings including Stop the Bleed, Hands Only CPR, emergency preparedness, Red Cross Pillowcase Project, disaster sanitation and other public health topics. Contact us to schedule a free event or training.

Learn more!

Play the Shakeout game and learn how to get your home ready for an earthquake.

Watch a video created by the Mayo Clinic about Continuous Chest Compression CPR.

Stop the Bleed - Learn how to stop severe bleeding to save a life. (Warning: Graphic images.)

Until Help Arrives - You are the help until first responders arrive. Learn what you can do to help others stay safe until help arrives.

Cities Readiness Initiative

Cities Readiness Initiative

Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) serves Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah, Skamania, Washington and Yamhill counties. The goal of the CRI program is to work with the local health departments in each county to develop plans and programs, that together will enable the seven public health departments in the region provide emergency doses of medication to their entire populations within 48 hours of the decision to do so.

Melissa McKinney
Regional CRI Coordinator
[email protected]