Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP)
We work to teach you how to protect your health in case of natural disasters or public health emergencies. We are your source for information on how to prepare yourself for emergencies, diseases and weather disasters.
The Prince George’s County Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) develops preparedness plans for mass dispensing of medication and vaccinations, conducts disease surveillance and epidemiologic investigations, survey's emergency communications, assesses electronic laboratory test reporting, conducts professional workforce training, and facilitates and partakes in exercises and drills.
The PHEP staff is experienced in Emergency Preparedness, and consists of staff specialists in:
PHEP is responsible for the coordination of all Health related responses to emergencies by efficiently mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from any natural, technological or manmade emergency or disaster, regardless of size or complexity, including acts of terrorism.
Mitigation - the reduction or elimination of future risk
Preparedness - practice state of readiness to respond
Response - immediate reaction or relief that saves lives