Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Preparedness

Public health systems play an integral role in preparing communities to respond to and recover from threats and emergencies. Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats is critical for protecting and securing our residents’ public health. Public Health staff work in conjunction with our community partners to develop emergency plans, communication plans and conduct ongoing training to respond to events that have the potential to affect the health of the communityDisasters can happen at any time and our department works to ensure a coordinated and effective response. Our goal is to make our community safer, healthier, and more resilient.  

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a recent and significant example of a public health emergency that the Iowa County Health Department, Iowa County Emergency Management and dozens of partners responded to.  Feel free to check out this video assembled capturing highlights of the response.  

What can I do to be prepared?

Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together, and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Prepare an emergency kit for you, your family and your pets before an emergency happens.

Emergency Toolkits:


Extreme Heat

Home Fires

Severe Weather

Winter Storms & Extreme Cold


For more information:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Emergency Preparedness Response

Ready Wisconsin

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

Federal Emergency Management Agency

American Red Cross

Resilient Wisconsin

General Information
Phone Numbers
(608) 930-9870
Emergencies: Dial 911
303 W. Chapel St.
Suite 2200

Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm