Public Health Preparedness



Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Emergency Preparedness: It’s a Family Affair  portrays a family at home preparing for an impending hurricane. The video focuses on the  family gathering supplies and building an  emergency preparedness kit. In the process the family realizes how the kit prepares them for all  types of disasters.  
English version   
Spanish version
versiόn en Español   
Vietnamese version
Phiên bản Việt Nam


Self-sufficient families and individuals in safe and healthy communities

The Bureau of Public Health Preparedness (PHP) exists to build infrastructure to help the City respond to public health disasters through planning, outreach, training, exercise and response.

Public health responses
Monitoring of community-wide activities
Epidemiology surveillance and investigation
Community assessments
Rapid notification and alert
Mass prophylaxis and vaccination

Drills and exercises
Competency-based training
Mental health
Special needs
Community outreach

New > The Texas Prepares Emergency Board game

Texas Prepares is an emergency preparedness board game for 2-6 players aimed at children 6+. The game has been regionally based on the State of Texas and teaches children about disasters and how to prepare for them in a fun way. The game is available free of charge for other agencies and organizations as a tool to help spread the preparedness message to children. For more information on obtaining copies of the game please send an email to | rules | larger picture of the board and game

New > The Houston Emergency Preparedness Cookbook - recipes to turn your emergency food supply into life - saving meals - available in several languages. (Note: requires Adobe Reader version 6 or above) Click here for English or click on one of the languages below:

about preparedness link

What is PHP?   What Do we Do Mission and Values
Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) 
Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)   Get Involved  
Volunteer Application


how to make plans link

City of Houston Emergency Plan   Pandemic Influenza Plan

information on special needs population
 Elderly and People with Disabilities   Schools and Day Cares   Pets  
 Tips for First Responders

Mental Health - PFA Responder Application


family information link
 Accidental Poisoning   Checklist Emergency Supplies  
 Family Communications Plan  Helpful Phone Numbers  
 Hot Weather Precautions   Household Fires  
 Informative Web Sites  Power Outages  
 Preparing Your Household for Emergencies 
 Purifying Household Water   Securing Your Water Heater
 Turning Off the Utilities   Using 9-1-1
 Using a Generator During Power Outages

natural happenings link
 Hurricanes and Flooding     Evacuation Plan   • Additional Links

disease link
  Food Safety Threats   • Pandemic Influenza   West Nile Virus     Additional Links

chemical link
 • Household Chemical Emergencies  • Toxic Industrial Chemicals  
•  Shelter   •  Blister Agents •  Nerve Agents   •   Ricin   
•  Sarin   •  Additional Links

bioterrorism link
  Anthrax - English | Spanish     Smallpox - English | Spanish
    Botulism - English | Spanish      Plague - English | Spanish 
Tularemia - English | Spanish        Distribution of Emergency Medications    
10 Quick Facts About Community Emergency Medication Centers   
• Additional Links

radiation information link
 Dirty Bombs   •  Nuclear Blasts    Potassium
 Shelter In Place   Additional links

mass deaths link
  Coping with a Traumatic Event    Injuries and Mass Casualty Events
Preparing for a Terrorist Bombing      Safeguarding America's Mail

pan flu information link  


Program Spotlight

For more information on public health preparedness topics, please contact the HDHHS Office of Surveillance and Public Health Preparedness at 832-393-5080.

  • For Professionals
  • For General Public
  • Related Links

Note: Fact sheets are in pdf format so that copies can be printed. Download Adobe Reader to view the pdf files.




City of Houston Information

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Reporting Dead Birds
To report a dead bird, call Harris County Mosquito Control at 713-440-4800

Crisis Hotline
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Poison Control Center

United Way Help Line (TEXAS)

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