Public Health Preparedness

Being prepared is important for all Kentuckians. Kentucky ranks 8th in the U.S. for number of declared disasters since the 1960s. Possible types of emergencies in Kentucky include winter weather events, flooding, chemical spills, influenza outbreaks, and others. Having an emergency supply kit and a family communication plan are just a couple examples of ways to be prepared for emergencies of many types. Another important aspect is knowing the needs and resources in local communities; see the Health Risks & Resources Mapping Tool below which shows health vulnerabilities (risks) and the location of health-related assets.

Kentucky Public Health preparedness strengthens Kentucky’s capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. For more info, visit Kentucky Department for Public Health – Preparedness website.

New GIS Tool for Health Disaster Readiness - Emergency managers can better plan the electricity needs of emergency shelters, utility companies can use this tool to determine restoration priorities after a disaster, and first responders can be better prepared during response and evacuation. Users can search the map by location, narrowing it down from national numbers to county and even zip code. The map also integrates severe weather tracking from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The emPOWER interactive map shows where the 1.6 million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries relying on electricity-dependent medical equipment reside across the United States. 

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Health Risks & Resources Mapping Tool

Ready to explore the map? Start selecting indicators and community assets to create a custom map.

Need help? Review instructions (PDF) on how to find an area, visualize data, and share your findings or watch this video tutorial on how to use the mapping tool. Link: 

Questions and suggestions? Please contact Kenyetta Pinkston by clicking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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