Individual/Family Preparedness

On this page:
General preparedness
Natural disasters
Disease hazards
Food and drinking water safety in emergencies
Chemical and radiological hazards

General preparedness

Natural disasters

  • Natural Disasters
    Floods, cold weather, extreme heat and wildfires all occur periodically in Minnesota.

Disease hazards

  • Bioterrorism
    Bioterrorism basics, diseases that may be used to cause harm, and information for health professionals including infection control, laboratory testing, surveillance systems.

  • Infectious Diseases and Conditions A to Z
    Some infectious diseases can cause widespread emergencies.

  • Pandemic Influenza Planning
    Pandemic basics; information for schools, health professionals and local public health agencies; what MDH is doing to plan for a pandemic; and what other state agencies are doing.

Food and drinking water safety in emergencies

  • Food Safety in Emergencies
    Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

  • Drinking Water Safety in Emergencies
    Following natural disasters and other types of emergencies, drinking water in affected areas may become contaminated and cause outbreaks of disease. Problems with sanitation, including lack of water, toilet facilities, or damaged water wells can also increase the likelihood of waterborne disease.

Chemical and radiological hazards

  • Chemical Emergencies
    Answers questions about chemical terrorism, describes possible signs of harmful chemical exposures, more signs and health symptoms of a chemical attack or accident, contact information and more.

  • Radiological Emergencies
    What to do in the event of a radiologic emergency, and a link to the radiation control program.


Updated Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:10PM