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Emergency Preparedness

Public health emergency preparedness includes both public health emergencies and when public health partners with other health care and community organizations to respond to emergencies. Emergency preparedness requires planning and activities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from emergencies that may put human health at risk. Ontario has had experience with emergency response to infectious diseases (SARS and H1N1), extreme weather events (tornados) and other environmental hazards such as flooding and forest fires.

Depending on the type of emergency, many parts of Public Health Ontario may be involved to support the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, public health units and health professionals as they plan for and respond to health emergencies.  This includes:

  • Public Health Ontario Laboratories,
  • Emergency Preparedness,
  • Infectious Diseases, and
  • Environmental and Occupational Health.

Public Health Ontario’s Emergency Preparedness team provides scientific and technical advice and support, professional development, practical training, guidance and other resources.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Online course


This series of three interactive modules introduces the foundations of public health emergency preparedness. Definitions, concepts, strategies and more are covered in this self-directed course. A certificate of completion is available after completion of all three modules.

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