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Emergency Preparedness and Response

Florida Department of Health in Broward County

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The Office of Emergency Operations of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County is responsible for coordinating the preparation, response, recovery and mitigation to natural and man-made disasters/emergencies that have or possibly could have public health and/or medical consequences. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County assumes the leadership role of Emergency Support Function 8, Health and Medical (ESF #8) under the Broward County Emergency Management structure in the event of activation of the Emergency Operations Center in response to an emergency.  The Florida Department of Health in Broward County engages in an ongoing process of planning, training, and exercising with our partners.


The Florida Department of Health in Broward County takes an all-hazards approach to planning and was recognized by the National Association of City and County Health Officers in 2010 and again in 2016 as a Project Public Health Ready Health Department.  Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) is a criteria-based public health preparedness program that assesses local health department (LHD) capacity and capability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.  PPHR aims to protect the public's health and increase the public health infrastructure by equipping local health departments with sustainable tools to plan, train, and exercise using a continuous improvement model.

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Project Public Health Ready