Mississippi State Department of Health

Emergency Planning and Response


The MSDH Office of Emergency Planning and Response safeguards the health of individuals, ensures the delivery of essential health and medical services, and prepares health professionals for all types of emergencies and natural disasters.

Personal Preparedness

Preparedness Plans

Facilities Preparedness

Professional Preparedness


Preparing Mississippi

MSDH's Office of Emergency Planning and Response has worked to significantly improve Mississippi's emergency response capability. In place now are:

  • A Biosafety Level 3 laboratory with advanced pathogen detection equipment
  • 17 Weapons of Mass Destruction Centers of Excellence in hospitals across the state
  • The satellite-based Health Alert Network, connecting 13,000 Mississippi physicians and facilities
  • A distribution system for emergency medication from the Strategic National Stockpile
  • State and regional bioterrorism response plans and coordinators
  • Nurses trained in bioterrorism issues and diseases in locations statewide.
  • 24/7 information hotline (1-866-HLTHY4U)

MSDH's Office of Emergency Planning and Response is a National Weather Service Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, committed to improving the nation's readiness against extreme weather, water and climate events.

Links referenced
Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) distribution plan    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,122,154,html
Pandemic Influenza response plan    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,122,154,html
Emergency Operations Plans    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,122,569,html
Resources for Health Professionals    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,122,154,html
Mississippi Responder Management System (MRMS)    http://signupms.org/
Tornado Cleanup and Response    http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/tornado.html
More topics for professionals    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,122,154,html
Mississippi Health Alert Network (MS-HAN)    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,0,386,html
Mississippi emergency agencies    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,122,77,html
Emergency preparedness information from the CDC    https://emergency.cdc.gov/
State Healthcare Coalition contacts    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/6993.pdf
Overview of MSDH Response Efforts    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/47,4778,313,pdf/Emergency_Preparedness.pdf
Health Alert Network    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,0,386,html
Strategic National Stockpile    http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/stockpile/stockpile.htm

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