Emergency Preparedness

The Lafayette County Health Department, in an effort to help everyone become better prepared for emergencies, will be using this web page to advise you of upcoming events within our department. Additionally, we will be providing you with information on how you can better prepareFlood Waters yourself and family should an emergency or medical crisis occur within Lafayette County.

Many may feel there is no need for preparation, that your local, state, and federal agencies will be there to take care of your needs. More than likely they will, but it may not be right away. Since 9/11, a strong effort has been made to make sure everyone knows the importance of being individually prepared. For example, it is recommended that each family have sufficient food, water, and other supplies to last at least 72 hours. The events that happened in the Gulf region should be a reminder and provide motivation of the importance of being ready for an emergency. The possibilities of many disasters and emergencies do exist such as tornadoes, ice storms, power outages, floods, and medical emergencies are very real. Many experts feel we are on the brink of a pandemic flu outbreak. If that does happen, we will be facing a medical crisis like none of us have ever seen. Preparedness is the only way to help with our survival.


When a disaster happens, it is too late to "suddenly prepare"!

If you would like more information on how to prepare for an emergency, please visit our Ready In 3 page.
If you would like to learn how to sign up to be on our volunteer list please visit our Volunteers page.



Emergency Preparedness Links

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Emergency Response and Terrorism
Missouri Homeland Security
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
American Red Cross
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

What is Emergency Preparedness?