McHenry County Department of Health - Emergency Preparedness


Working to Protect the Health and Safety of McHenry County Residents by Planning for and Responding to Public Health Emergencies

Emergency Response & Preparedness means being ready if a disaster strikes. It is important to know what we can expect and how we will respond to a disaster before it happens. McHenry County Department of Health is preparing for a prompt and effective response to a variety of public health emergencies.  By working with our community partners, we can respond to natural or man-made events.  We are committed to protecting our residents by:

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  • Refining and practicing our emergency plans                                                        

  • Educating the community

  • Conducting training for our staff and volunteers

  • Collaborating with local, state, and federal partners

Within this site you will find information and resources to learn more about potential threats facing McHenry County and how you can prepare for these threats. Every citizen has a role in emergency preparedness and can do something to make their families safer, stronger and ready to face a disaster. Even a small amount of preparation can make a huge difference. Being prepared for an emergency saves lives. Make it a priority!


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Looking for a Chance to Help Your Community?

Check out the Volunteer page to learn more about the McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps. Volunteers from all walks of life are needed.


Quick Reference Guide

Click On the Image to Access the MCDH Emergency Response Quick Reference Guide.

The information in this guide can be used to prepare individuals, families, organizations, workplaces or communities. This project was funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health as part of an initiative to prepare McHenry County for emergencies. Quick Reference guides have been distributed throughout the county in an effort to help build resiliency.  Click here or on the image to access the MCDH Emergency Response Quick Reference Guide. 


Preparing and Training For Public Health Emergencies

On Saturday, April 5, McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) conducted a preventive medication dispensing exercise in conjunction with a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) training at the United Way of Greater McHenry County; assistance was provided by the Volunteer Center of McHenry County who registered volunteer “victims” to simulate residents needing medication.

The training provided MRC volunteers with information about Health Department emergency dispensing processes. These volunteers staffed the different dispensing site stations, receiving “just-in-time” instruction to perform their roles and practice shift change procedures. In an actual event, the 270 MRC volunteers would supplement MCDH and County staff at multiple dispensing sites.  The MRC are always recruiting new members.

During a public health disaster, MCDH may need to provide preventive emergency medication to residents at an Open Point of Dispensing (POD) site to prevent illness. PODs are NOT treatment centers but residents can pick up medications for family members. MCDH has pre-designated Open POD sites throughout McHenry County.

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Updated on 04/11/2014 3:11 PM

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