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What you need to know

​​Nebraska has made huge strides in planning and strengthening its emergency response to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Coordinating local, state, and federal resources is critical in strengthening our public health system and protecting people against future threats.

The federal government provides financial aid to the states through grant funds to assist with bioterrorism and emergency response planning at the state and local levels.

Emergency contact information

Healthcare providers should be alert to the illness patterns and diagnostic clues that might signal an outbreak due to the intentional release of a chemical or biological agent. If you become aware of any disease patterns that may signal a potential biological or chemical event, please call (402) 471-1983.

Emergency preparedness starts with you

We must be ready to take care of ourselves, our families and our neighbors. We need to prepare to go it alone for at least a few days if we have to, until more help arrives. Being prepared for one emergency will help prepare for all kinds, including natural disasters and terrorism.   

Here are four things you can do right now:

  1. Talk with your family, friends, or household about emergencies. Think about things like who you would contact during an emergency and how would you reach them.  
  2. Make an emergency supply kit. What supplies would you need? Clothes, TV or radio, flashlights, first aid supplies. Remember food and water.
  3. Be informed and fill out a family emergency plan (see example from FEMA.gov). Listen and learn about what to do during an emergency.
  4. Practice your plan with your family or household. Revise your plan as needed.

For further information and useful planning examples and tools: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Useful l​inks

Nebraska's Health Alert Network (HAN). The HAN notifies local, state and federal officials, statewide healthcare providers, hospitals, local health departments, and others with important information about public health events.

Medical and Health Volunteers. The Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the Emergency System for the Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) are both excellent ways you can volunteer now to assist in future emergencies.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). This page provides information from our federal partner ASPR on preparing and responding to public health emergencies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This page provides information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on preparing and responding to public health emergencies.

Ready.gov (official website of the Department of Homeland Security): Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disaster could affect your area.

Nebraska Resource Bridge. The Nebraska Resource Bridge (formerly HAvBED) allows hospitals and healthcare facilities to track bed availability during a disaster or emergency.