Emergency Preparedness

A public health emergency is any event or situation demanding immediate action on the part of the public health system in order to prevent disease and injury or maintain the public’s health. Emergencies can be natural or man-made. We work closely with the Sandusky County Emergency Management Agency, hospitals, law enforcement, and other local agencies to be prepared for a health emergency or disaster and to ensure the safety of our residents.

The Sandusky County Health Department regularly participates in emergency response training and exercises, often with other health departments in Northwest Ohio, to ensure preparedness and a timely response for any event.

For more information, including personal preparedness for you and your family, how to volunteer, and more, click on the links below.

Preparedness Resources


CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

Sandusky County Citizens Alert System

Ohio Responds Volunteer Program


SCHD Emergency Response Plan

The SCHD welcomes comments from the public regarding our Emergency Response Plan.

Click here to download.

Comments can be sent to Ally Smith, asmith@scpublichealth.com or call 419-334-6312.

Sandusky County Public Health can be contacted 24 hours a day in the event of an after-hours public health emergency. 

After hours call the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 419-334-6433 and ask to speak to a Public Health Official.

Public health emergencies could include:

An immediate environmental health hazard (e.g. drinking water contamination)

An infectious disease of immediate public health concern

(a Class A reportable disease, which requires disease reporters to contact the health department immediately by phone)

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