Emergency Preparedness & Response


OCCHD has developed plans for an all hazards response to public health threats ranging from natural disasters, disease outbreaks, to deliberate acts of terrorism involving the use of biological agents. OCCHD has been developing and exercising response capabilities to these various public health threats since 2003.

Our staff maintains ongoing working relationships with public health agencies in neighboring jurisdictions and other government agencies. They participate in several committees and subcommittees that meet on a regular basis to plan and coordinate responses to public health emergencies.


Another vital function is the development of community partnerships with the private sector to enhance the ability to respond to large-scale events. The purpose of our Push Partner Program is to improve preparedness collaboration between local public health agencies and both public and private employers.

Through these and countless other activities, OCCHD’s Emergency Response Program strives to ensure the health and safety of the citizens and visitors of the city. Our Emergency Response Plan has evolved to meet the increasing challenges of these changing times.


Would you be ready if there were an emergency?

At OCCHD, we encourage all Oklahoma County residents to prepare for an emergency of ANY type. For information on how to prepare an Emergency Kit, please see our Emergency Kit Preparation page. The Ready.gov and FEMA websites will also give you great information about preparing a kit, making a plan, and staying informed.

OCCHD is continually building Oklahoma County’s capacity to respond to large-scale public health emergencies, including naturally occurring disease outbreaks, acts of bioterrorism, and natural disasters. We work cooperatively with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma City Emergency Management, local police and fire departments, OKC Public Works, the Metropolitan Medical Response System, the Medical Emergency Response Center, the Medical Reserve Corps and other local entities.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, please call (405) 427-8651 or email us at [email protected].