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Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program

Preparing Philadelphia for public health emergencies.


The Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program plans for and responds to public health emergencies in the City of Philadelphia. A public health emergency is an emergency that poses a significant threat to human health, such as a natural disaster, an act of terrorism, or a severe disease outbreak.

To prepare for public health emergencies we:

  • Establish public health preparedness priorities based on local threats and hazards.
  • Develop and tests response plans for a variety of hazards.
  • Train staff and volunteers to their emergency response roles.
  • Collaborate with local, state, and federal partners.

During a public health emergency we may:

  • Coordinate the public health response with partner agencies.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and clinical guidance.
  • Conduct disease surveillance and epidemiological investigation.
  • Implement disease control measures, like isolation and quarantine.
  • Dispense emergency medications or administer emergency vaccinations.
  • Provide medical screening and triage.
  • Communicate with the public about how to stay healthy and safe.


Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Program
1101 Market St., 12th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107