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Who We Are

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 coordination of public health- and medical-related preparedness, response and recovery activities for emergencies, disasters, exercises or planned events requiring state-level coordination. Many agencies involved in these ESF activities have emergency plans and procedures designed to complement and support coordinated efforts.

Many programs operate under the Public Health Preparedness Branch and each helps build capacity for the Hospital Preparedness Program and public health emergency preparedness capabilities at the local and state level with support of federal funding and coordination with ESF 8 support agencies to implement active assessment, planning, organizing, equipping, training, exercise and evaluation programs.


Kentucky Public Health preparedness enhances the capacity of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, local public health departments and the health care system to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.


Public Health is prepared. Kentuckians are protected.

Resources and Helpful Links

ESF 8 Coordinating Agencies

CDC Pandemic Influenza Web site

General Fact Sheets on Specific Bioterrorism Agents

Other Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Guide for Local Governments

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Federation of American Scientists: Working Group on Biological and Toxin Weapons 

Health Risk and Resources Map

HIPAA Privacy Rule: Disclosures for Emergency Preparedness - A Decision Tool 

Humanitarian Resource Institute 

Hurricane Information

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security 

Kentucky TRAIN

National Incident Management System

National Institutes of Health

National Organization on Disability - Emergency Preparedness Directory

Public Health Law Judicial Reference Guide for Kentucky Courts

Strategic National Stockpile

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Postal Service-Related Information

Preparedness Systems

This section describes the various Kentucky Public Health Emergency Preparedness systems.


Catalyst is a reporting tool that allows the preparedness program to objectively collect data on the deliverables required for each entity within the preparedness branch. This site does require a username and password. If you have any questions or issues regarding Catalyst please contact Jeff Brock.

Catalyst Website


ReadyOp is an incident management system that is primarily used for sending alerts and maintaining situational awareness through email, telephone, and texts. This system can also be used to develop organizational structures and reports for obtaining needed information in a timely manner from a large number of personnel. More information can be found at:



WebEOC® is a critical incident management system developed by Emergency Service Integrators. This site is password protected. Unauthorized access and tampering are strictly forbidden. If you need access or have issues with WebEOC please email the

WebEOC helpdesk.

Kentucky Division of Emergency Management WebEOC® site

ReadyOp for MRC

ReadyOp is a web-based online registration system developed to facilitate health and medical response through identification, credentialing, and deployment of Kentuckians willing to serve in emergency, as well as non-emergency situations. This site does require a username, password, or registration. If you have any questions or concerns about this please contact Heather Walls.


Sharepoint is a platform for sharing documents among agencies and agency partners. This site does require access to be granted.

If you do not have a email address you will need to register for a citizen account through the Kentucky Online Gateway before requesting access. This site does require a username and password. If you have issues or questions please call or e-mail the Preparedness Branch.

SharePoint Website