Public Health Emergency Preparedness


Program Purpose

The goal of the Preparedness Program is to protect the health and safety of Kansans through efforts to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, infectious disease, terrorism, and mass casualty emergencies. Those that wish to participate in the Preparedness Program are responsible for:

  • Health and medical planning and response within their communities

  • Planning and participating in local level exercises which test public health preparedness capabilities

  • Participation in their local healthcare coalition


Preparedness funding is contingent upon the availability of Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State Agency determines the base award to the Local Agency each year based on a population formula. Local health departments that wish to redirect some of their preparedness funding to their public health region may do so and must submit a Redirection Request Form, usually in May.


Program Detials

All programmatic details, work plan requirements, and guidance may be found at Grant Application Documents. Questions may be directed to Jamie Hemler at or (785) 296-5529.


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