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Community Preparedness

Contact the Bureau of Preparedness and Response

  •  850-245-4040

    Mailing Address

    Florida Department of Health 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A23 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 

Community Preparedness relies on the ability to develop informed, empowered, and resilient healthcare systems and residents. With adequate information, resources, and tools, communities are better prepared to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond, rebound, recover, and adapt to threats and all-hazards. The following programs comprise the Community Preparedness Section:

The  Access and Functional Needs toolkit provides tools and resources designed to enhance awareness and assessment of, and communications to those most at-risk. Current data on persons with access and functional needs in Florida is also available by county and region. 

Cities Readiness Initiative is a federally funded, nationwide project that focuses on enhancing preparedness in the major metropolitan statistical areas where more than 50% of the U.S. population resides. Through CRI, state and large metropolitan public health departments develop plans to respond to a large-scale bioterrorist event within 48 hours.

The Healthcare Coalitions (HCC) page provides tools and resources for the development, expansion, and maintenance of healthcare coalitions across Florida. HCCs are a federal initiative and a requirement of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Cooperative Agreement funded by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The purpose of HCCs is to ensure that local providers and other health care partners plan collaboratively for the risks facing the health care community and identify available local resources.

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI) are actions that people and communities can take to reduce exposure and help slow the spread of illness. The program provides guidance for strategies that may include social distancing, case containment measures, decontamination, infection control measures and protective behaviors.

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness contains resources for community pediatric planning, including child care and school planning. For example: Samples and examples of child care facility emergency planning templates, facility emergency operations plans, and community disaster drills.

Project Public Health Ready is a criteria-based public health preparedness program that assesses local health department 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. Florida was the first state to coordinate this national public health program statewide, and encourages all CHDs to participate.