Public Health Preparedness

The City of Lubbock Health Department is coordinating with local, state and federal agencies to protect the public by preparing for public health emergencies, whether naturally-occurring or intentional threats.

What is Public Health Preparedness?
The capacity of public health jurisdictions to respond to public health emergencies.

What is a Public Health Emergency?

An immediate threat from a naturally occurring or intentional event:
  • that poses a high risk of fatalities or serious long-term disability to large numbers of people with potential for major public health impact; and
  • where there is substantial risk of public exposure because of a high level of contagion and the particular means of transmission of the infectious agent; and
  • might cause public panic and social disruption.

What to do in an emergency?

If you believe that you have been exposed to a biological or chemical agent, or you believe an intentional biological threat will occur or is occurring, please contact your local law enforcement and/or emergency medical personnel, as you would in other emergencies. In most areas emergency services should be contacted by calling 911.