Public Health Emergency Preparedness

A public health emergency is anything that causes, or could cause injuries or illness to a large number of people. Public health emergencies include:

  • Infectious disease outbreaks or pandemics
  • Foodborne illness outbreaks
  • Health-endangering effects of severe weather, natural disasters, and power outages
  • Incidents resulting in mass casualties
  • Chemical spills or radiological releases
  • Acts of bioterrorism

Sherburne County Health & Human Services (SCHHS) works to prepare for public health emergencies through assessing potential risks, planning for health impacts, educating community members, and coordinating with community partners. SCHHS trains staff and volunteers to respond to public health emergencies, collaborates with local and state partners through exercises and drills, and promotes emergency preparedness in the community.

Emergency Contact Information:

  • If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • If you are ill, contact your health care provider.
  • For a poisoning emergency contact the Minnesota Poison Control System at 1-800-222-1222.

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If you have a non-emergency question about public health emergency preparedness, call Sherburne County Health & Human Services at 763-765-4000 during regular business hours, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, and ask for the Public Health Preparedness Coordinator.

Health & Human Services Contact:

Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: Health & Human Services
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Suite 100
Elk River, MN 55330-4668

Office Location & Hours

Phone: 763-765-4000
Fax: 763-765-4096
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