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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Cities Readiness Initiative

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  

Resilient communities are equipped and ready to respond to provide medical countermeasures such as drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and non-pharmaceutical countermeasures that may be needed to lessen the effects of a public health emergency.

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Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a federally funded nationwide project that focuses on enhancing preparedness in counties and major metropolitan statistical areas. Through CRI, state and large metropolitan county health departments develop plans for delivering medical countermeasures to respond to a large-scale bioterrorist event within 48 hours.

The Bureau of Preparedness and Response works with county health departments to provide technical assistance and review plans for receiving, distributing, and dispensing of countermeasures. The level of preparedness is measured through regular assessments.

Cities Readiness Initiative Resource Toolkit 

This toolkit is designed to assist county health department planners and other community partners with Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and medical countermeasure planning. The sharing of tools, resources, and successful practices can help counties establish, sustain, evaluate, and enhance local projects.

For more information on Florida's Program, see the CRI Program Fact Sheet.

If you have feedback or input on how to improve the Cities Readiness Initiative toolkit or would like to share/submit additional resources for inclusion in the toolkit, send an email to or call 850-245-4040.