Preparedness and response requires the department to prepare for many types of hazards. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies hazards into several categories: Biological, Chemical, Radiation, Mass Casualties, and Natural Disasters and Severe Weather.
Zika fever is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico, but not elsewhere in the United States. Cases of Zika fever have been reported in travelers returning to the United States.FEMA Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment webpage provides information and resources for conducting a hazard identification and risk assessment.
Hurricane and Severe Weather Information has preparedness information for families, information on making a disaster preparedness kit, safety tips for home cleanup and repair, how to prepare you and your family before, during and after a storm and many other topics.