Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response


The Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, department-wide approach to public health preparedness and response activities. Activities include:

  • Coordinating planning for all-hazards preparedness activities such as the CDC Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program, the CDC Cities Readiness Initiative and the TDSHS Public Health Preparedness grant
  • Providing scientific and clinical oversight for public health preparedness activities
  • Assuring public health response functions in the context of the National Incident Management System
  • Preparing for, preventing, responding to and recovering from public health emergencies
  • Coordinating competency-based education and training of public health emergency staff; conducting drills and exercises

Point of Dispensing (POD)

For more information, contact:

Harris County Public Health
Office of Public Health Preparedness & Response
2223 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: (713) 439-6179

Main Switchboard: 
(713) 439-6000