Emergency Preparedness


Unlike most counties in Northwest Ohio, Putnam County has experienced many emergency situations in which a response was required. We continue to plan and conduct drills with our partners so that we are prepared to respond to all emergencies. The Putnam County Health Department plans guide our response to public health emergencies. Some of the things included in emergency plans are:

               • Tracking and controlling contagious diseases
               • Continual operations of the health department during emergency events
               • Communication needs during emergencies
               • …and much more!

We welcome comments and suggests on how to improve our plan to meet the needs of the community. We are also available to provide presentations to your group or
organization on Emergency Preparedness, Pandemic Flu or other emergency preparedness-related topics. Please contact Ruth Gerding for more information.

The Emergency Response Plan defines responsibilities of the health department when responding to any emergency. A copy of the Emergency Response Plan for Putnam County is available for review through this link or at the front desk of the health department. Copies have also been distributed to all villages and townships.

The Putnam County Health Department must be able to treat large volumes of the community residents during an outbreak if it is necessary. Many volunteers may be needed to help with treatment efforts. These volunteers are trained Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers. The health department is always recruiting and training volunteers to respond to emergencies in the county. This simple, one-time, 3-hour training is the basis for serving as a volunteer. If interested in becoming a MRC volunteer, please contact Ruth Gerding.

Personal Preparedness
The Putnam County Health Department encourages all to be personally prepared for emergencies. Click on the following links for helpful ways you and your family can plan, prepare and stay informed in regards to emergencies.

              Disaster Checklist

Family Preparedness Plan - Check out this template to help you be prepared for an emergency. Click here


Emergency Preparedness Coordinator:
Angela Recker, EMT
Email: angela.recker@putnamhealth.com