Health Department

Public Service Center
250 S. 4th. Street, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 673-2301

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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

How to Prepare for an Emergency

Individual and Family Preparedness

Public health is involved in planning for a wide range of public health emergencies including seasonal, pandemic and avian flu, bioterrorism and anthrax. Our Home Care Guide (below) has information and suggestions about how to prepare and care for yourself and your family before, during and after an incident or emergency. Other resources include the American Red Cross, ECHO (Emergency Community Health Outreach), and the Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management.

Community and Faith-based Organizations

Preparedness Tools:

Business Owners

Ready.gov has information to help businesses prepare for emergencies.

Home Care Guide

The Minneapolis Health Department has developed this guide to share information and suggestions about how to prepare and care for yourself and your family before, during and after an emergency. This guide helps explain how to care for a sick person at home and when to call for medical advice or assistance.

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Home Care Guide - English (pdf)Home Care Guide - Somali (pdf)Home Care Guide - Hmong (pdf)Home Care Guide - Spanish (pdf)

Family Emergency Planning

The Minneapolis Department of Health has this one-page aid to help your family be prepared for an incident or emergency. This aid provides possible suggestions about information you might want to include in a family disaster plan. It is not all inclusive and should be modified to suit your individual or family needs. Remember to keep your contact information up to date.

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Family Emergency Plan - English (pdf)

Family Emergency Plan - Hmong (pdf)

Family Emergency Plan - Somali (pdf)

Family Emergency Plan - Spanish (pdf)

Public Health Emergency

Visit the Minnesota Department of Health's website for more information on how to report a possible public health emergency. If this is a life-threatening emergency call 911.



Emergency Preparedness and Response Widget


Video Resources

Building Community Resiliency:
COOP & Inclusive Planning for Community Based Organizations - Key Components to Community Resilience
(11:00 minutes) with closed captioning, with audio description

Other Resources

For more information on local, state and federal public health preparedness planning use the resources below.

Flu Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine as soon as they are available this fall.

Flu Vaccination Info,

Flu Information,

Preparing for Pandemic Influenza

 Reduce Heat Impact - Safety Tips


  • Roughly 40% of unwanted heat buildup in our homes is through windows. Use awnings or curtains to keep the heat out! #BeatTheHeat
  • Fans alone aren’t enough in high heat + high humidity. Get inside in A/C or go to a public place like a shopping mall to #BeatTheHeat
  • In extreme heat, stay indoors where there's working A/C! You can find more tips at: 1.usa.gov/1ByRsWF #BeatTheHeat
  • During extreme heat, stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. ready.gov/heat #BeatTheHeat 


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If you need this material in an alternative format please call Minneapolis Department of Health at (612) 673-2301 or email health@minneapolismn.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons may use a relay service to call 311 agents at (612) 673-3000. TTY users may call (612) 673-2157 or (612) 673-2626.

Attention: If you have any questions regarding this material please call Minneapolis Department of Health (612) 673-2301. Hmong - Ceeb toom. Yog koj xav tau kev pab txhais cov xov no rau koj dawb, hu (612) 673-2800; Spanish - Atencion. Si desea recibir asistencia gratuita para traducir esta informacion, llama (612) 673-2700; Somali - Ogow. Haddii aad dooneyso in lagaa kaalmeeyo tarjamadda macluumaadkani oo lacag la' aan wac (612) 673-3500.

Last updated Sep 18, 2015