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There are many programs that operate under the Public Health Preparedness Branch. Each program helps build capacity for Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) capabilities.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) contains large amounts of medicine and medical supplies. These supplies are to protect the public in the event of a public health emergency. Emergencies could include a 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 federal effort designed to increase bioterrorism preparedness in the nation's larger cities. The goal is to save lives in these selected cities by rapidly dispensing medication to their entire population within 48 hours of the decision to do so. CDC provides special funding for CRI through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement. The funding is provided to enhance the mass dispensing capabilities of the CRI metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). Louisville and nine surrounding counties as well as seven northern Kentucky counties which are part of Cincinnati’s MSA use this special funding to develop and exercise their mass medication dispensing plans. 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 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units within Kentucky and 118 out of 120 counties are currently covered 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 those recognized as at-risk in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (i.e., children, senior citizens, and pregnant women), individuals who may need additional response assistance include those who have disabilities, 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.  (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

There are 13 Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) coalitions in the state of Kentucky. These Coalitions work to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies. The Kentucky Department for Public Health receives a grant from the Hospital Preparedness Program to help support these coalitions to build capacity in the eight HPP Capabilities.


CHEMPACK is a program for forward placement of federally-owned, state controlled chemical antidotes in Kentucky. These antidotes are specifically developed to address chemical incidents (nerve agents or organophosphate pesticides). These CHEMPACKS are housed in climate and access controlled rooms to help the shelf-life of the products. The purpose of this program is to ensure the state of Kentucky plans for CHEMPACK deployment and demobilization.


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Last Updated 5/19/2016