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Missoula City-County Health Department: Health Promotion

Missoula City-County Health Department: Health Promotion

Emergency Preparedness


Health Department emergency information

The Missoula Health Dept. Home Page identifies public health issues of current interest or concern in the Hot Topics box at the top of the page.  You will also find links to information regarding any nation-wide or world-wide outbreak of a previously unidentified influenza or other disease, current information regarding effects in Missoula and Montana, and prevention and treatment options. 


Public health hazards

     Other Hazardous Conditions

Other hazards may create conditions that can lead to public health problems: the spread of disease related to the contamination or destruction of water systems, spoilage of food due to loss of power, or the spread of hazardous materials in flood waters...

Emergency Evacuation List - the most important things to grab on your way out the door in a hurry.


FIRE - Wildfires can affect Montana's landscape, air quality, wildlife, agriculture, tourism and recreation.

FLOODS - In the Missoula Valley, floods are usually fairly localized along creeks and rivers during the spring. 

EARTHQUAKES - Montana has a history of large earthquakes and remains seismically active.




Individual and family preparedness

How to prepare for any emergency
Preparing your PETS for an emergency

Organization and agency preparedness

Many resources can be found by searching the internet.  Make sure any references you use are reputable, such as those ending in .gov, .edu, .org, etc.

SCHOOLS - Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools - US Dept of Education; School Based Emergency Preparedness - US Dept of Health & Human Services

BUSINESSES - Ready; CDC Emergency preparedness and response; Small business tool kit from FEMA

CHILD CARE - Emergency planning guide for child care - State of Illinios

HOSPITALS - CDC Emergency preparedness and response

CHURCHES - Faith-based community disease prevention  


Local emergency management

Missoula County Office of Emergency Preparedness

Manages plans and programs directed at disaster preparedness and coordination of response and recovery for Missoula County.


State emergency management

Montana Dept. of Public Health and Humans Services, Public Health & Safety Division - oversees the coordination of the public health system in Montana.

Montana Dept. of Military Affairs, Disaster & Emergency Services

Information on State emergency preparedness plans, state hazards, and preparedness.

Federal emergency management

Federal Emergency Management Agency

CDC Emergency Preparedness

Public health emergency preparedness - US Dept Health

Local contact information

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator - Linda Noson, 258-3883.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Specialist - Lisa Tims, 258-3894.

Missoula County Disaster and Emergency Services Director - Chris Lounsbury,  258-4469


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