The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) works to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawaii. The Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) coordinates DOH emergency preparedness activities to protect public health and safety during emergencies and disasters, and works with the community to help the public prepare. Roles of the OPHP team:
Plan, prevent, mitigate, respond, and recover from:
- Natural or human-caused disasters
- Emerging infectious disease threats, epidemics, and pandemics
- Terrorism, spills, and accidents that impact human health
- Other public health emergencies or disasters
Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) – distribute emergency pharmaceuticals and other supplies in case of public health emergencies.
Department Operations Center (DOC) – coordinate an agency’s internal incident management, exercises, and response.
Develop and implement state and local response plans with:
- Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA)
- Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management (HHEM)
- City/county departments of emergency management (DEM) and civil defense agencies
- Additional partners and stakeholders
Coordinate Hawaii’s smallpox vaccination program.
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Last reviewed November 2023