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Public Health Preparedness

Emergencies and disasters happen frequently in Pennsylvania. While there is often a loss of property and econimic impacts, the public health and medical consquences of disasters can be life threatening. Through the department's Bureau of Health Preparedness, we work to respond and help protect public health. The Bureau functions as our principle preparedness and response representative to all local, state and federal entities, as well as private organizations, such as hospitals and other healthcare entities. It coordinates preparedness and response planning, training and exercise development and manages the department’s response and recovery activities to the public health and medical consequences of natural or man-made disasters and emergencies.    
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