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Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Scioto County EMA

Sharleen Hemminger,  Emergency Response Coordinator
740.353.5153
sharleen.hemminger@portsmouthoh.org

Sharleen Hemminger is the Emergency Response Coordinator that is responsible for overseeing the Ohio Department Health Department Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant for both Scioto County and Portsmouth City Health Departments.

The PHEP Grant has been funded by the Ohio Department of Health since 2002. The goal of the program is to equip and prepare local health departments to better address bioterrorism, outbreaks of infectious disease, and other public health threats and emergencies.

The Scioto County Health Department works closely with the regional public health coordinator, health departments in the south central Ohio region, and a regional epidemiologist to write an All-hazards Emergency Response Plan that, among other things, addresses:

  • Community preparedness
  • Interoperative communication
  • Emergency public information and warning
  • Epidemiology and surveillance
  • Environmental health
  • Resource management
  • Continuity of operations and recovery from an incident
  • Mass dispensing
  • Community containment (isolation and quarantine)
  • Mental/behavioral health
  • Mass fatality management
  • Pandemic response
  • Functional needs
  • Volunteer management
The capabilities within these plans are exercised, and plans are updated annually to help ensure readiness for actual events that would cause public health emergencies.

Please take a moment to look at the base Emergency Response Plan. Community preparedness is a big component of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program.   
Portsmouth City and Scioto County Health Department Emergency Response Plan

The Ohio Department of Health (odh.ohio.gov) and Centers for Disease Control – CDC (cdc.gov) are great sources of information for anyone wanting to be more prepared.


Work together to keep Scioto County healthy, prepared, and quick to recover by:

  • providing help for public health and emergency response.
  • participating in mass vaccinations and community disaster drills.
  • promoting disease prevention and control.
  • assisting the public health department in a variety of ways.

In the event of a disaster, emergency or epidemic, we need “hands on deck” to provide assistance to the 78,000 residents of Scioto County. Are you ready to take on the challenge and volunteer?

Ohio Responds – online registration