Public Health Emergency Preparedness

What is PHEP?

PHEP stands for Public Health Emergency Preparedness.

Your Sedgwick County Health Department’s PHEP program works to achieve several objectives for the citizens of our county:

Organizing Community Partners

PHEP collaborates with several agencies and organizations to prepare for health emergencies. These partnerships allow the Sedgwick County Health Department to guide and provide health-related support during emergencies.

Coordinating With Disease Experts

PHEP coordinates with disease experts to ensure the early detection of outbreaks. PHEP achieves this by:

Conducting Readiness Drills and Exercises

PHEP maintains and enhances readiness through regular drills and exercises conducted in collaboration with various partners. These exercises encompass a diverse range of scenarios such as infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters and chemical incidents.

Identifying Ways to Get Accurate, Breaking Information to the Public

PHEP identifies effective ways to disseminate accurate and timely information to the public during health emergencies. This infrastructure includes multiple channels such as social media, emergency alert systems, press releases and websites to ensure accurate information reaches a wide audience.

Developing Plans for Mass Distribution

PHEP develops plans for the mass distribution of medicines or vaccines when and where they are needed. Here’s how:

Planning for Urgent Interventions Like Isolation and Quarantine

PHEP takes a proactive approach to plan for urgent interventions, such as isolation and quarantine, to halt or slow the spread of diseases. This includes:

All these activities are funded by the federal PHEP Cooperative Agreement. Preparedness activities funded by this agreement are targeted specifically for the development of flexible, adaptable and emergency-ready local, state, tribal and territorial public health departments.

Prepare Yourself

Take these steps today to ensure the health and safety of you and your loved ones if disaster strikes:

Urgent Sedgwick County Community Health News

Keep up to date with the latest Sedgwick County news including announcements about public health emergencies or considerations for the county here:

Important Resources from Our Partners

Smoke Alarm

Sedgwick County, Kansas - Fire District
Sedgwick County Fire District 1 offers free smoke alarms and installation to customers that may not have a working alarm, or are in need of additional alarms.


Recycling Guide | Sedgwick County, Kansas
Sedgwick County offers a comprehensive list of recycling locations for household items that can present negative health effects if discarded improperly. The list also includes considerations for items that may not pose a threat when discarded, but could be of use to different organizations around the county if donated.


Weatherization Assistance | SCKEDD
Weatherization improves heating and cooling efficiency and energy savings by ensuring your home holds heat and air conditions while keeping hot and cold air out. Income-eligible families receive a free comprehensive home energy audit. A certified energy auditor will search the entire home, inside and out, for inefficiencies and safety concerns using advanced equipment and techniques.

Volunteers for a Stronger, More Prepared Sedgwick County

Would you like to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies? We are looking for volunteers both medical and non-medical. Learn more about our Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).