NEW! - Ready Allegany!
Personal Emergency Preparedness Materials
- Includes how to make an emergency plan and the 9 essential items to include in an emergency kit.*

Ready Allegany: Everybody Ready. Brochure.

Ready Allegany: Everybody Ready. PowerPoint Presentation.

*All brochures and materials listed on this page can also be obtained in hard copy from the Allegany County Health Department Office of Public Health Preparedness by calling (301) 759-5239 or by sending an email to, stating your address and the materials that you would like mailed to you..


Welcome to the Allegany County Health Department's Webpage on Public Health Emergency Information! This webpage will be periodically updated with information on public health emergency issues. Information will include, but is not limited to, general information on public health emergencies, how to prepare before a public health emergency and what to expect during a public health emergency.

What is a public health emergency?

A public health emergency can be a natural or manmade disaster. Natural disasters include events that are caused by nature like floods, tornados, earthquakes, etc. Another type of natural disaster is disease. Pandemic flu is a natural event with the potential for a public health disaster that could affect our area. Federal, state and local governments have been preparing for a possible pandemic flu outbreak. Currently, an avian flu virus (H5N1), which affects mainly birds, is present overseas and may have the potential to evolve into a pandemic flu virus that affects humans. Much of the information you will see updated on this page will have to do with pandemic flu.

Bioterrorism is a manmade disaster. It is a unique form of terrorism which involves the use of biological organisms for the sole purpose of spreading potentially deadly diseases. Bioterrorism is the unlawful or threatened use of microorganisms or toxins derived from living organisms to produce death or disease in humans, animals, or plants. The act is intended to create fear, inflict injury and/or death, and to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of political, religious, or ideological goals. Biological organisms such as anthrax, small pox, the plague or other diseases can be used as weapons for bioterrorists.

What does the siren mean?

gThis page will be linked with the community update siren, seen to the left. Clicking on the siren from the Allegany County Health Department's website or its community partners' websites will bring you to this page. During a non-emergency period, the siren will be blue and the page will contain information on public health issues.

How do I get information during a public health emergency?

When the siren is red on the Allegany County Health Department website, it indicates that there is a public health emergency and that important information to which you should pay attention is posted. This page will contain the most up-to-date information on the public health emergency. It will also include advice on measures you should take to keep you and your family safe.

Information regarding a public health emergency will also be broadcasted to the public using the newspaper, television and radio. The red siren will also appear on any newspaper articles or handouts or postings regarding a public health emergency. g

If you have further questions or would like more information regarding emergency preparedness, please feel free to call the Office of Public Health Preparedness at (301) 759-5019 or (301) 759-5239, email us, or visit our website.


Informational Handouts on Pandemic Flu:

Be Prepared! Stay Informed!

Pandemic Flu FAQs

Ten Things You Need To Know About Pandemic Flu

The Difference Between Seasonal Flu and Pandemic Flu

How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones Against Cough Illnesses

Preparing for Pandemic Flu at Home

Social Distancing and Pandemic Flu Terminology

Avian Flu

Preventing Infectious Diseases

Pandemic Flu Wallet Sized Cards g


Additional Resources on Public Health Emergency and Preparedness:

Emergency Preparedness
Indviduals Businesses
Older Americans Schools
People with Disabitlites and Special Needs Pets
Kids Emergency Kits
Pandemic Influenza Information
General Information Schools
Frequently Asked Questions Businesses
Individuals Health Care Providers
Avian Flu Correct Hand Washing Procedures
Bioterrorism Agents, Diseases, and Other Threats
SARS Botulism
Anthrax Tularemia
Smallpox Radiation Emergencies
Plague Ricin Information
Severe Weather Information
Tornado Extreme Heat
Hurricane Landslides and Mudslides
Floods Power Outages
Wildfires Winter Weather
Public Health Emergency and Preparedness Information



For additional services, visit the Allegany County Health Department website