Public Health Preparedness for Emergencies

If you are ill, see your health care provider. To report an emergency, call 911. If you are a physician calling to report an infectious disease, please call 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414. MDH Emergency Operations after hours number: 651-201-5735.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

If you and your family had to hurriedly leave your home in an emergency situation (such as tornado damage, flood, or rising waters) you should have a basic kit put together in a backpack that you can quickly grab and go. 

These are some supplies you might want to consider including as part of it:

  • Battery operated radio
  • Bottled water
  • Cell phone charger
  • Duct tape (for taping plastic sheeting together)
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt to use as a mask
  • Energy bars
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Moist towelettes
  • Plastic bags and ties
  • Plastic sheeting (for shelter)
  • Whistle

Additional Items to Add to Kit

Depending on your family’s health you may also want to add:

  • Age appropriate games, books, or cards for children
  • Cash
  • Can opener and canned foods
  • Prescription medications and medical records
  • Rain gear/poncho
  • Warm clothes, extra socks, and emergency blanket

Caring for Pets

The following are ways to care for your pets in the case of an emergency:

  • Ensure each pet has proper IdentificationID and up-to-date shot records.
  • Ensure large animals have ID and plan how you would evacuate, if necessary.
  • Gather pet food and supplies.
  • Have pet carriers, collars, and leashes for all animals. (Harnesses are suggested for cats.)
  • Identify a shelter where you could leave animals.

Family Plan

Have a family plan to meet somewhere in case you are separated, include names and phone numbers of neighbors or relatives (in town and also out-of-state) where you can leave messages for each other.

Talk to your school and/or daycare. Find out what they have in place for a “lock down” or “shelter in place” procedure and how they intend to notify you what is going on.

Emergency Supplies for the Home

If you have to stay in your home for extended periods without being able to leave or get to a grocery store, such as interruptions in delivery service or voluntary quarantine, here are some supplies that you can keep on hand. It is suggested to stock enough food to last for approximately 6 weeks. Don’t forget to rotate stock.

  • 1 gallon of water per person, per day. 1 quart per animal, per day
  • Bisquick
  • Boxed mashed potatoes
  • Brown sugar
  • Canned foods such as:
    • Beef Ravioli
    • Beef Stew (Can be eaten cold)
    • Canned Chips
    • Canned Fruit and Veggies
    • Canned Peanuts
    • Corned Beef Hash (May be eaten cold if no heat source)
    • Hard Candy
    • Sardines
    • Soups
    • Spam
    • Tuna
  • Chicken or beef bouillon cubes
  • Coffee/tea/Kool Aid
  • Cooking oil
  • Dried beans
  • Dried eggs
  • Dried milk
  • Flour
  • Long grain rice (brown or white)
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Pet food
  • Soda crackers (will replace bread if needed)
  • Sugar
  • Syrup
  • Toiletries:
    • Facial Tissue
    • Paper Towel
    • Soap
    • Toilet Paper
    • Toothpaste
  • Tomatoes


In order to see a night time and to cook you should have a lantern, camp stove or grill, and fuel. Make sure you use in a well ventilated area to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Stay Informed

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