Public Health Emergency Preparedness


Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Are You Ready?

Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year and can occur at any time. The question is, will you and your family be ready when disaster strikes?  There are many things you and your family can do to prepare for a disaster like creating an emergency supplies kit, writing a family preparedness plan and practicing your plan, be informed about what might happen, and get involved in preparing your community.


Awareness Month


Financial Preparedness

Be Safe

  • Be cautious about sharing personal financial information, 
  • Do not click on links in texts or emails from people you don’t know.
  • Remember that the government will not call or text you about owing money or receiving economic impact payments.
  • Be aware that scammers may try to contact you via social media. 
  • Keep in mind that scammers may try to take advantage of financial fears by calling with work-from-opportunities, debt consolidation offers, and student loan repayment plans.
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at if you receive messages from anyone claiming to be a government agent.

Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

  • The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication from Operation Hope and FEMA, can help you prepare financially and provides tips to reduce the financial impact of disasters on you and your family.
  • For Organizations Encourage people throughout your organization or workplace to prepare financially. 
  • At Home -Store important documents either in a safety deposit box, an external drive, or on the cloud to make it easy to access during a disaster. 

Household Identification

  • Photo ID, Birth certificate, Social Security card, Military service, Pet ID tags

Financial and Legal Documentation

  • Housing payments, Insurance policies, Sources of income

Medical Information

  • Physician information, Copies of health insurance information, Immunization records, Medications


Build a Kit

Assemble a 72-hour emergency supplies kit for you and your family. Your kit should have all the necessary items to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours. Having essential items on hand will be a great comfort in an emergency. View a list of supplies your emergency kit should contain.

Make a plan

Develop a family communication plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Consider a plan where each family member calls, texts, or emails the same friend or relative in the event of an emergency. Have an out-of-state contact. It may be easier to make long-distance phone calls than to call across town.


An emergency can happen anytime and anywhere. practice often helps people feel less disoriented and better organized during a disaster - even in the middle of the night or winter.  You should practice as a family at least once a year. an example could be to:

  • Show each member of the mainly where and how to turn off the water, electricity, and gas in your home. (prepare easy to see signs for water and gas shut-offs as well as the main circuit breaker).
  • Each person should also know where to find the fire extinguisher and how to use it in case of fire ( and the fire alarm if you are in an apartment building)
  • Put yourself physically in each room of your home and practice evacuation(don't forget your emergency kit!)

PHEP Programs

Helpful Tools

State of Montana Public Health Partners        

Public Health emergencies can arise anywhere. Natural, technological, and human-caused disasters can impact Montana at any time. Public health hazards in Montana may result from communicable disease outbreaks, food and water contamination, chemical spills, wildland fires, and smoke, drought, flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, and avalanches.

As part of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Control & Prevention Bureau, Montana's Public Health Emergency Preparedness works to help local and tribal health jurisdictions prepare for and respond to health emergencies, coordinate local surveillance and response systems, and keep Montana citizens informed of any public health-related emergencies.

Federal grant funds strengthen public health and hospital preparedness on a state, regional, and local level throughout Montana, with the majority of funds distributed to local and tribal health partners.

Our Mission Statement: DPHHS Emergency Preparedness program builds, supports, and strengthens resilience in both Montana communities and the Department through leadership and collaborative partnerships to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from adverse events that affect the public’s health.

If you have questions regarding the type of planning that this program participates in, please call 406-563-7863