Disaster Preparedness

The Health Department works with partner agencies and community members to plan for disasters. This includes bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other natural and man-made public health threats and emergencies.

Northern Kentucky residents can help prepare for common disasters by assembling a preparedness kit, and learning more about health concerns in two common scenarios in our region: floods and power outages.

Disaster supplies

Homeowners in Northern Kentucky should keep supplies on hand in case of disasters. This includes food, water and medications.

Ready.gov provides tips on how to assemble your kit.

Flooding

Health considerations during flooding events include clean water supplies, exposure to communicable diseases, food safety and disruption to sewage systems. For a general overview of flood preparedness, visit Ready.gov.

Health precautions for those returning to an area that has been flooded

Food and water safety during floods

Tips for cleaning up restaurants after flooding

During periods with flooding in Northern Kentucky, the Health Department will work with local food operators to make sure that food safety standards are being maintained. To report flooding at a food establishment to the Health Department, please call 859-341-4151.

Power Outages

Health considerations during power outages include carbon monoxide poisoning, extreme heat or cold, and food safety.

For a general overview of power outage preparedness, visit Ready.gov.

Additional tips on dealing with carbon monoxide poisoning and extreme heat or cold from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and water safety during power outages

During periods with power outages in Northern Kentucky, the Health Department will work with local food operators to make sure that food safety standards are being maintained. To report a power outage at a food establishment to the Health Department, please call 859-341-4151.

Volunteering in a disaster

In the event of a bioterrorist attack or natural disaster, the Health Department will need a large number of volunteers to help support efforts to restore the community to normalcy. Regardless of your background, residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties can volunteer their time and skills in the event of a disaster or other public health emergency.

The Medical Reserve Corps recruits medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, paramedics and mental health professionals, as well as citizens with non-medical backgrounds. Learn more

More information

The First 72 Is On You Flyer

Ready.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kentucky Division of Emergency Management