Planning & Training

Emergency Preparedness & Response Plans


The City of Joplin Health Department recognizes the important role of planning for emergencies and has plans that cover various areas that would be affected in the event of disasters. Such plans include;
  • Agricultural Terrorism Plan
  • Animal Emergency Response Plan
  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness Plan
  • Local Public Health Emergency Plan (LPHEP)
  • Sheltering Support Plan for American Red Cross Emergency Shelters
  • Strategic National Stockpile Plan (SNS)
  • Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan
  • Animal Emergency Response Plan

Emergency Planning Exercises


The City of Joplin Health Department participates in disaster preparedness exercises in collaboration with the local emergency preparedness committee and community stakeholders.

Education & Training


As part of emergency preparedness, the regional public health planner offers training such as Incident Command Systems (ICS) and National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) to local health department staff and other interested stakeholders.

Ready-In-3


Ready-In-3 focuses on three steps to take in order to prepare for many kinds of emergencies which include:
  • Creating a plan
  • Listening for information
  • Preparing a kit

Available Materials


Ready-In-3 materials are available for free from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. They are presented in various formats, in multiple languages, and geared toward families, seniors, special needs, faith-based organizations, schools, child-care providers, and employers. To learn more about Ready-In-3 materials, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.