Public Health and Private Sector Response

The Center for Emergency Response and Terrorism (CERT) works to ensure that plans and systems are in place to protect Missourians during public health emergencies. CERT works with local public health agencies, local government, law enforcement agencies, schools, hospitals and other health care organizations to prepare for both man-made and natural disasters.

The Strategic National Stockpile is a national repository of medical supplies. It is designed to supplement and resupply state and local public health agencies and hospitals in the event of a national emergency. 

CERT works with hospitals and other health care entities to ensure that the health care system is prepared for major emergencies. Medical care providers must be able to expand their capacity during emergencies. CERT coordinates efforts to enhance the capability to respond to public health emergencies. 

Training and resources help responders practice, build partnerships and help expose problems in planning before a real emergencies occur.

For additional information, see the A - Z Index for Medical Professionals for more emergency response resources.