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Emergency Preparedness

What is 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. 

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 our Resources page.

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