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Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Emergencies, whether a bio-terrorist attack, foodborne disease outbreak or hazardous chemical spill, can quickly overwhelm a public health agency. The Emergency Preparedness Program works to develop plans to address these risks and maintain efficient public health services for the citizens of Franklin County. We also identify the training needs of our employees and strive to meet these needs. This program additionally provides the avenue for interaction of the Franklin County Public Health with other public safety organizations of Franklin County ensuring a cooperative response to emergencies in the community that threaten the safety of health of residents.

Two areas of focus for the Emergency Preparedness Program are the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) and the Franklin County and Columbus Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

Cities Readiness Initiative

CDC’s Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a federally funded program designed to enhance preparedness in the nation’s largest cities and metropolitan statistical areas where more than 50% of the U.S. population resides. Through CRI, state and large metropolitan public health departments have developed plans to respond to a large-scale bioterrorist event by dispensing antibiotics to the entire population of an identified MSA with 48 hours.

View CRI Frequently Asked Questions.

Franklin County & Columbus Medical Reserve Corps

The Franklin County and Columbus Medical Reserve Corps is dedicated to establishing teams of local volunteer medical, public health and other professionals to contribute their skills and expertise during times of disaster and public health emergency, as well as throughout the year for community health promotion.

Visit for additional information on the program and to find details on how to volunteer today.

View MRC Frequently Asked Questions.

Preparing Your Family

Local, state, and federal agencies have plans to protect the public. But you are responsible for your own safety, even in an emergency.  At home, school, work, and even in our cars, we need to know what to do in an emergency and where to go. Ready in 3 is an easy way to learn how to prepare for an emergency.

View Ready in 3 information.

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Power Outages

Severe Weather and Power Outages

Severe storms and power outages impact food storage, safe drinking water and much more. Here's a list of resources to recover from recent storms:

What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly
Food Safety During Power Outages (Ohio Department of Health)
Food Safety Before and After a Power Outage
(U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
Portable Generator Hazards
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After an Emergency
Power Outages and Private Water Systems
Power Outages and Sewage Treatment Systems