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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program at ECDHD enhances the ability of the Health Department and the greater community to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. 

Molly Pofahl, MS

Emergency Response Coordinator

Sign up to receive emergency alerts and severe weather warnings that could directly impact you and your family.

Emergency response agencies in Columbus and Platte County are able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. It is important that we collect this contact information because many households no longer utilize traditional land-based telephone lines. 

The system is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts to residents. Emergency Alerts could be related to specific hazards that require some kind of action be taken such as evacuation, shelter in place, boil water orders, etc. Non-emergency alerts could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts or significant ongoing police or fire activity. This list is not meant to be all inclusive, and demonstrates that this system will not be used for routine information. In addition to receiving information on your wireless device, you may also receive notification on your land telephone line (if you have one) depending on the type of incident or event. 

These alerts are provided free of charge, however standard text messaging rates and other charges may apply.

If you would like to sign up for notifications, please visit: Columbus/Platte County Alert Sense


Looking for more information about preparing for disasters and emergencies?  Visit these sites to learn more about topics including:

Tips for Families of Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs

Families with children and youth with disabilities and medical needs are known to be some of the most vulnerable in a disaster. These families have fewer resources, and they require both community and health care provider support to achieve readiness.

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