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Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Duval County Health Department's Emergency Preparedness Office is actively involved in planning and responding to the public health needs of the community in times of emergency or disaster. Priorities of the DCHD are to assure that delivery of essential medical and public health services are maintained or restored following a disaster and that assistance is provided to meet emergency needs of the affected population.

Duval Emergency Preparedness Mission:

To continually train and prepare our internal and external stakeholders to provide and effective response to all emergencies or disasters.

To report a public health emergency call (904) 253-1000. 

Special Needs Shelter Information

During a disaster, Special Needs Shelters are designed to care for people who do not require hospitalization but have the following needs:

  • Require oxygen therapy
  • Unable to take medications or monitor vital signs without assistance
  • Have chronic conditions requiring assistance with daily life activities
  • Health / medical conditions requiring professional observation or assistance
  • Health conditions that require isolation and cannot be in a public / general shelter
More Special Needs Shelter Information
If you needs to register for the Special Needs Program click here.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

Volunteer to Work in Disasters. Join the Medical Reserve Corps. We are more than healthcare professionals!

Medical Reserve Corps Recruitment and Training Information



Hurricane Awareness and Preparedness

Everyone in a hurricane-prone area must take initiative now to prepare for the next hurricane. Click here for more information.




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