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Who We Are

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Kentucky Department for Public Health is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 coordination of public health- and medical-related preparedness, response and recovery activities for emergencies, disasters, exercises or planned events requiring state-level coordination. Many agencies involved in these ESF activities have emergency plans and procedures designed to complement and support coordinated efforts.

Many programs operate under the Public Health Preparedness Branch and each helps build capacity for the Hospital Preparedness Program and public health emergency preparedness capabilities at the local and state level with support of federal funding and coordination with ESF 8 support agencies to implement active assessment, planning, organizing, equipping, training, exercise and evaluation programs.

Programs &


Kentucky Public Health preparedness enhances the capacity of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, local public health departments and the health care system to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.


Public Health is prepared. Kentuckians are protected.

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 

Humanitarian Resource Institute 

Hurricane Information

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

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. ​