The Hawaii State Department of Health’s mission is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawaii. The Public Health Preparedness (PHP) program plays a key role in DOH’s mission by helping our department and the community prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies and the health-related impacts of natural and human-caused disasters.

The Public Health Preparedness program on Kauai provides the following services:

Community outreach and education

Staff are available to attend community events and provide presentations on public health threats as well as emergency preparedness.

Provides guidance on how to prepare your household for an emergency

Collaborates with government, non-profit and private sector partners to develop and exercise county and state emergency response plans.

Provides training to staff and/or agency volunteers on topics related to public health emergencies and the health-related impacts of natural and human-caused disasters.

Performs community-wide assessments on disaster preparedness and other relevant topics using CDC’s Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) methodology.

Provides CPR/First Aid support at community events using our licensed Kauai Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.

Kauai Medical Reserve Corps
If you are passionate about empowering your community to prevent, respond to and recover from a public health emergency, please consider joining the Kauai Medical Reserve Corps — a volunteer organization with units across the country that expands medical surge capacity for use in a disaster. Volunteers attend training, participate in community events and are prepared to deploy during an emergency.

We welcome medically and non-medically trained volunteers, but are particularly in need of those with a medical background. For more information, please visit or contact our program at (808) 241-3555.

Disease Outbreak & Emergency Preparedness Resources

Disease Fact Sheets
State DOH Public Health Preparedness Page with Emergency Preparedness Resources
Medical Reserve Corps Registration System (Na Lima Kako’o)
DOH Respiratory Guidance

If you have questions regarding public health emergency preparedness or would like to request a presentation, please contact our program at (808) 241-3555.

Kauai District Health Office
3040 Umi St.
Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 241-3555
Office Hours: 7:45am – 4:30pm
*The Public Health Emergency Preparedness office is in the one-story building.