During any emergency that requires the distribution of important information to the public or specific audiences, Hamilton County Public Health relies on many communication systems, including our own Health Alert Network (HAN). The HAN is a system used to notify members of the community about public health emergencies or other pertinent health information. Messages are typically delivered via fax or e-mail. By participating in Hamilton County Public Health’s HAN, you will receive information that may be vital to the health and safety of Hamilton County residents.
Contact us to join the Health Alert Network.
General Emergency Preparedness
- Open for Business
A disaster planning toolkit for small to mid-sized business.
Businesses Dispensing Medications
Businesses are an important partner for Hamilton County Public Health’s emergency preparedness efforts. We are working to pre-identify businesses that can dispense or ‘push’ medications to groups of people. These Points of Dispensing Sites (PODS) are critical in emergencies in that they reduce the demand on public dispensing sites and contribute to an effective emergency response. “Push Dispensing” means that medications are pushed out to businesses and their employees and family members that they routinely serve in the work place or at home. These are Closed PODS and not open to the general public.
By coordinating a Closed POD, businesses provide a valuable service to employees and their families and the overall community. By participating, a business will increase the likelihood that their employees will come to work during an emergency, thus improving the organization’s ability to continue to function. This will also reduce the number of people that need to come to the open community PODS.
The Closed POD Planning Kit provides a detailed description of how to implement the program. It provides guidance on how to prepare your organization to dispense antibiotics, how you will be notified that the POD is activated, how to get the medications and what to do after the event.
If your business is interested in becoming a Closed POD, call 513-946-7874.
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
General Information about Pandemic Influenza
- Pandemic Influenza
- Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation
- CDC’s interim guidance regarding use of face masks to prevent the spread of pandemic influenza
- Resources offered by the Health District : Presentations to business groups about pandemic flu – call (513) 946-7812 for more information.
- Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Pandemic Influenza
Guide from OSHA and CDC to help businesses understand their responsibilities, prepare and plan for an influenza pandemic.
- Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist
This checklist contains important, specific activities large businesses can do now to prepare, many of which will also help you in other emergencies.
- CDC 2009 H1N1 Outbreak
Information from the CDC regarding the 2009 H1N1 outbreak.
- Preventing the Flu: Businesses and the Workplace
Information from the CDC about preventing the flu, as well as tools for employees and other useful materials for the workplace.
- Planning Tools and Best Practices for Businesses
Resources compiled by the CDC.
- Click here to see resources compiled by the state of Ohio and other sources, including paycheck stuffers, planning guides and articles for employee newsletters.
- A-Z Guide for Businesses
An A-Z guide to help business prepare now for a future influenza pandemic.
- It’s Not Flu as Usual A brochure detailing what businesses need to know about pandemic influenza planning from the Trust for America’s Health (www.healthyamericans.org).