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Emergency Preparedness

The Osage County Health Department’s goal in emergency preparedness is to protect the health and safety of the residents should a natural or deliberate public health emergency affect the community. A public health emergency is any threat to public health and safety, like an infectious disease epidemic, earthquake, flood, or any event that has the potential for significant health impact to the community, such as a bioterrorism event.  An influenza pandemic (worldwide) would also be considered a public health emergency. 

Services Include:

  • Conduct disease surveillance to identify natural and man-made outbreaks
  • Development of a Public Health Emergency Response Plan
  • Development of a Pandemic Influenza Emergency Response Plan
  • Assess public health emergency training needs
  • Promote public emergency and disaster education

To Report a Public Health Emergency in Osage County call:

  • 573-897-3103 during normal business hours;
  • Department Situation Room: 1-800-392-0272; or
  • 9-1-1 after hours and weekends (for emergency dispatch services)

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, visit the Osage County Emergency Management Agency website and the Missouri DHSS website.

Get Involved:

  • Volunteer opportunities for all with medical and health care backgrounds to provide "surge" capacity during the critical first 12- 72 hours of a public health emergency to "fill in the gaps".
  • Non-medical and non-healthcare individuals are also needed to provide administrative support such as office support, drivers, chaplains, trainers, radio operators, etc.
  • Contact the health department for more information. Register at the Show Me Response website at www.showmeresponse.org. Train with the health department before an emergency occurs so you know what to do to help.