Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant

Sharleen Hemminger is the Emergency Response Coordinator that is responsible for overseeing the Ohio Department Health Department Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant for both Scioto County and Portsmouth City Health Departments.

The PHEP Grant has been funded by the Ohio Department of Health since 2002. The goal of the program is to equip and prepare local health departments to better address bioterrorism, outbreaks of infectious disease, and other public health threats and emergencies.

Emergency Response Plan

Portsmouth City Health Department works closely with the regional public health coordinator, health departments in the south-central Ohio region and a regional epidemiologist to write an All-hazards Emergency Response Plan that, among other things, addresses:

  • Community preparedness
  • Interoperative communication
  • Emergency public information & warning
  • Epidemiology & surveillance
  • Environmental health
  • Resource management
  • Continuity of operations & recovery from an incident
  • Mass dispensing
  • Community containment (isolation & quarantine)
  • Mental/behavioral health
  • Mass fatality management
  • Pandemic response
  • Functional needs
  • Volunteer management

Community Preparedness

Community preparedness is a big component of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program.

The Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are great sources of information for anyone wanting to be more prepared.

Important Resources & Links

Please review the additional information below to learn more:

Sharleen Hemminger, EMT-P, FF


605 Washington St.

Portsmouth, Oh 45662

Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

After 4:30 p.m. this becomes our emergency contact number.
Call and follow instructions.

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