Public Health Emergency Preparedness

What is Public Health Emergency Preparedness?

Just as public health was there when you needed immunizations for your children, Wisconsin’s state and local public health agencies are working for you today to prepare for emergencies including infectious disease outbreaks and other public health threats and emergencies.

Public health preparedness means putting in place programs to respond quickly and effectively to threats endangering the health of the public.

The Oneida County Health Department works in collaboration with the County’s Emergency Government Department, the Hazardous Material Team, and many other community partners to build local infrastructure to deal with public health emergencies such as an Influenza pandemic, flood, or water contamination.  An Emergency Plan is in place and continues to be updated as needed.  In Oneida County, collaboration with other community partners is essential in responding to any emergency.  Cooperation and planning for these events enables us to be prepared for any public health emergency.

Oneida County Health Department is part of a consortium of northern Wisconsin counties that work together on public health preparedness.  The Northwoods Public Health Emergency Preparedness Consortium is located at the Marathon County Health Department in Wausau, Wisconsin. The Consortium works with 21 area health departments and tribal health centers to prepare to protect and assist the public in the event of an emergency.

For more information about public health preparedness or what you can do to prepare your family or organization, see the following resources and links:

  • The “Northwoods News” Quarterly Newsletter (Vol 4: Issue 1; Vol 3: Issue 1234; Vol 2: Issue 1234; Vol 1: Issue 1234)
  • Public Health Emergencies Guide (PDFWhat to do in case of a public health emergency.
  • Fact Sheet (PDFKnow what Public Health agencies are doing to prepare for emergencies

For more information and general facts on public health preparedness and how to prepare yourself and your family, please visit any of the resources below.

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Oneida County Health Department
100 West Keenan Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri

Telephone (715) 369-6111
Fax (715) 369-6112

To report a public health emergency or to report a notifiable disease after hours, please contact dispatch at 715-361-5100.

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