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Many programs operate under the Public Health Preparedness Branch. Each program helps build capacity for the Hospital Preparedness Program and public health emergency preparedness capabilities.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. The stockpile ensures the right medicines and supplies are available when and where needed to save lives. Emergencies include terrorist attack, flu outbreak or natural disaster. SNS is designed to supplement and resupply hospitals and state/local public health agencies when an emergency overwhelms local supplies. To find out more about the SNS program or for resources related to SNS visit the SNS page.

Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI)

The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a federally funded program designed to enhance preparedness in the nation's largest population centers, where nearly 60% of the population resides, to effectively respond to large-scale public health emergencies needing life-saving medications and medical supplies. The funding is provided to enhance the medical countermeasures from the CDC's Strategic National Stockpile and distribute them to local communities. The Strategic National Stockpile is the nation’s largest supply of medical countermeasures for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Louisville and surrounding counties as well as counties in northern Kentucky are part of Cincinnati’s MSA. There are a total of 72 cities across the United States that are included in this initiative.

Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other non-medical professionals interested in strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and response capabilities of their local jurisdiction. Kentucky has 43 MRC units within Kentucky and 119 of 120 counties currently are served by an MRC unit. If you are interested in becoming a MRC volunteer please visit our volunteer registry program known as the Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge or KHELPS.  For more information about the program you can contact the preparedness branch at (502) 564-7243 or log on to KHELPS website and click on FAQs.

Functional and Access Needs (FAN)

Before, during and after an incident, members of at-risk populations may have additional needs in one or more of the following functional areas:

  • Communication
  • Medical care
  • Maintaining independence
  • Supervision and
  • Transportation.  

In addition to children, senior citizens, pregnant women and others identified as at-risk in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (i.e., ), individuals who may need additional response assistance include those with disabilities, who live in institutionalized settings, are from diverse cultures, have limited English proficiency or are non-English speaking, are transportation disadvantaged, have chronic medical disorders and have pharmacological dependency according to National Response Framework,, 2010.

Kentucky Department for Public Health promotes awareness of FAN populations and ensures functional needs are considered during all aspects of planning. 

Healthcare Preparedness Program

Thirteen healthcare coalitions in the state of Kentucky form the foundation of healthcare and medical readiness and serve to improve medical response coordination, continuity of healthcare service delivery and medical surge capacity.

The Hospital Preparedness Program is federally funded and managed through the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Healthcare coalition core members are hospitals, EMS agencies, emergency management organizations and local public health department.  


Last Updated 1/30/2018