Health & Medical Preparedness

​​​​Resources and Helpful Links​

CDC Pandemic Influenza Web site

General Fact Sheets on Specific Bioterrorism Agents

Other Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Guide for Local Governments

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Health Risk and Resources Map

HIPAA Privacy Rule: Disclosures for Emergency Preparedness - A Decision Tool 

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security 

Kentucky TRAIN

National Incident Management System

National Institutes of Health ​​

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Postal Service-Related Information

Who We Are

Keeping the people of the commonwealth safe before, during, and after an emergency or disaster is our number one priority.

Because of its landscape and location, Kentucky is vulnerable to a wide array of hazards including floods, tornados, ice storms, earthquakes, health emergencies and other events that can threaten life and property.

Since 2002, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) has served as the lead agency for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8, which provides coordination of public health- and medical-related preparedness, response, and recovery activities for emergencies, disasters, exercises, or planned events requiring state-level coordination. Examples of planned events include the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. Many partnering agencies involved in these ESF activities have emergency plans and procedures designed to complement and support coordinated efforts.

The programs that operate under the Public Health Preparedness Branch help build capacity for the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and public health emergency preparedness capabilities at the local and state level, with the support of federal funding and coordination of ESF 8 support agencies. Together, they work to implement active assessment, planning, organizing, equipping, training, exercise, and evaluation programs.

During or following an emergency, KDPH will activate the State Health Operations Center (SHOC), to enhance the abilities of local and state agencies to respond. Historically, the SHOC has been activated to respond to events across the commonwealth such as flooding, train derailments, periods of increased influenza activity, and during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Preparedness Systems 

The following systems are for local health department and contract personnel.  The sites listed below require a username and password. If you have questions about these systems please contact the Preparedness Branch. 


WebEOC helpdesk.

Kentucky Division of Emergency Management WebEOC® site

 If you do not have a email address you will need to register for a citizen account through the Kentucky Online Gateway before requesting access to SharePoint. ​