Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response

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Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is the primary agency responsible for protecting the public's health in the event of a widespread public health emergency within Harris County. A public health emergency can be defied as either a natural or man-made event that causes a serious long-term disability or results in a high risk of fatalities  to large numbers of people.

The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) within HCPH develops and implements a comprehensive, department-wide approach to prepare the community of Harris County to safely respond to and recover from public health emergencies. The division ensures an effective, coordinated response to terrorist attacks, disease outbreaks and weather-related disasters.

How you can prepare for emergencies:

    OPHPR responses and activities:
    • Responses
      • Current:
        • Zika
        • Past:
          • Ebola, H1N1, Hurricane Katrina sheltering (responses within the last 5-10 years)
    • Activities
      • Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER): an assessment of a community's level of emergency preparedness
    Other resources

For more information, contact:

Harris County Public Health
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
2223 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713.439.6179

Main Switchboard: 
713.439.6000