Emergency Preparedness and Response in Denver

The Emergency Preparedness team at Denver Public Health specializes in preparing for and responding to all types of public health emergencies. Some of the emergencies that the City and County of Denver could face include:

  • Natural Disasters: Snow storms, flooding, tornadoes, extreme heat, etc.
  • Disease Outbreaks: Flu, Whooping Cough, Measles, emerging infectious diseases, etc. 
  •  Man-made Hazards: Hazardous material incidents, bio-terrorist attacks, etc.

Regional Efforts to Address Public Health Emergencies in Denver

As a local public health department, most of our work focuses on coordinating regional planning, preparedness and response activities for public health emergencies with other professionals and organizations. We partner with local and regional healthcare providers, and serve as a resource to strengthen our region’s ability to respond during a disaster. If you’re interested joining the ten-county North Central Region Healthcare Coalition (NCRHCC), please visit the NCRHCC website. For potential members located in the City and County of Denver, please visit the Metro Foothills Healthcare Coalition chapter webpage.

Prepare Yourself and Your Family for an Emergency

Be Informed

  • Learn what protective measures to take before, during and after an emergency. 
  • Sign up for Switft911 to receive alerts from the Denver Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. 
  • Visit ready.gov for more information on what to do during specific emergencies. 

Make a Plan

Develop a family emergency plan that includes: 

  • Emergency contact, pre-determined meeting locations, medical information, insurance information, etc. 
  • Store important documents (property insurance, financial papers, etc.) in more than one place in case your residence is destroyed. Options: 
  • Email documents to yourself. 
  • Store important documents on Google Drive.
  • Store documents on a password protected USB-drive.
  • Have plans for sheltering-in-place and evacuation.
  • Know where your family meeting place is.
  • Establish an out-of-town contact.

Build a Kit

A basic disaster kit should include: 

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day) 
  • Non-perishable food (at least a three day supply)
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio 
  • Flashlight/headlamp 
  • Extra batteries 
  • Whistle 
  • First aid kit 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers (consider inverter or solar chargers which do not require electricity)
  • Special needs items (medications, etc.) 
  • These items should sustain you and your family for at least three days.

Get Involved

Emergency Preparedness Resources