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Public Health Preparedness

Please prepare and plan for emergencies of all types that may require you to:

  • Stay in your home for three days without access to electricity, water, stores, and other local services.
  • Leave your home quickly.
  • Connect with your friends and family when communications systems may be down or overloaded.

For more information on how to prepare for an emergency, whether you need to stay, leave, or connect, visit ReadyNH.

Check out the City's new Emergency Center page for additional information.

The information on this page will help you understand and prepare for potential public health emergencies such as outbreaks of infectious disease or bioterrorism.

Individual/Family Preparedness

Preparing for emergencies is crucial. Click on the following links to learn how to prepare yourself and your family before an emergency strikes.

Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do

Additional Resources

Pandemic Influenza

The next influenza pandemic will potentially have devastating consequences. The Manchester Health Department and its regional partners are thus actively planning for an influenza pandemic to ease the impact it might have on our community.

Acute Care Center CotsOne aspect of pandemic influenza planning is outlining how victims would receive community-based medical care in the event that the area hospitals are overwhelmed. An Acute Care Center (ACC) facility where such care could be provided has been identified, and supplies and equipment for the facility have been purchased. Furthermore, in April 2008, the Manchester Health Department and Manchester Fire Department conducted an emergency response drill in which the ACC was set up.

More information on pandemic influenza.

Additional Resource


The Manchester Health Department and its regional partners are participating in a program called the Cities Readiness Initiative that is increasing our capacity to dispense medications during a public health emergency such as an anthrax attack.

Plans for how medications will be dispensed in an emergency are in development. The plans identify facilities in the community that could be used as Point of Dispensing (POD) sites in either small- or large-scale emergencies.


See the websites below for more information on how you can assist us in preparing for and responding to emergencies.