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Emergency Preparedness and Response

Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County - Public Health Preparedness Manager

  •  727-824-6900 x4625



    Mailing Address

    205. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. 

    St. Petersburg, FL 33701 


Public Health Preparedness Programs 

The Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Program coordinates planning and program development for the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County and other local and state agencies to protect the public health of Florida's citizens and visitors from the effects of manmade and naturally-occurring events. The goals of the program are to upgrade preparedness for and response to bioterrorism, outbreaks of infectious disease, and other public health threats and emergencies.

Key Activities 

Emergency Planning

  • Strategic National Stockpile Planning
  • Cities Readiness Initiative
  • General Disaster Planning
  • Pandemic Influenza
  • Special Needs Shelters
  • Hurricane Information
  • Bioterrorism Readiness


  • Syndromic Surveillance
  • First Watch™ Surveillance
  • Food & Waterborne Illness Surveillance
  • Hazmat Incident
  • BioWatch
  • Biological Detection System (BDS)

Response Training

  • Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS)
  • Smallpox Response
  • Mass Casualty Plan
  • Response Training Exercise