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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Emergencies
To report a Public Health Emergency, call 911.

MDH Emergency Operations Contact Information

During business hours, to reach the Minnesota Department of Health, call 651-201-5000 or 888-345-0823, or for TTY 651-201-5797.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Emergency Preparedness involves coordinating, planning, and communicating with partner agencies, organizations, and the members of our community to understand potential threats and effective responses to various public health emergencies.

Norman-Mahnomen Public Health is continually preparing to respond to public health emergencies including illness related to food or water, communicable disease outbreaks, as well as health related effects from natural or man-made disasters. This includes performing exercises for mass medication dispensing or vaccine administration in case of a local, regional, or statewide communicable disease outbreak. Norman-Mahnomen Public Health also works in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health to help assure essential services.

Emergency Preparedness & You

  • The Center for Disease Control has useful information regarding diseases and conditions, healthy living, travelers’ health, emergency preparedness, as well as many other topics that might be of concern to you.
  • ECHO offers free 24/7 pre-recorded health information from the Minnesota Department of Health at 1.888.883.8831. It exists to ensure that people with limited English proficiency receive life-saving information. Visit Echo Minnesota for more information.
  • Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to assist our public health and healthcare systems during a disaster. It is part of a national initiative to coordinate and mobilize health volunteers to respond to emergencies. Whether you are licensed or certified in a health field, active or retired, or a person with an interest in assisting in a health response, we invite you to register with Minnesota Responds. To sign up or for more information visit Minnesota Responds online.
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Individual & Family Emergency Preparedness

 The MN Department of Health has a wealth of information regarding individual and family preparedness, as well as many other topics. 
You can also view the Minnesota Department of Health Resource Brochure for People in Disaster, Emergency or Crisis Situations (PDF).