Fred's Retirement Party is June 1st from 1 to 3 PM in Room 530 at the Curtis State Office Buildin

Fred the Preparedness Dog's Retirement Party

After a decade, Fred's time at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is coming to an end. Please join us to celebrate his years of service on Thursday, June 1 from 1-3 P.M. at Curtis State Office Building - Room 530.

What We Do

The Preparedness Team provides leadership to protect the health of Kansans through efforts to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, infectious disease, terrorism, and mass casualty emergencies.


To accomplish this, our responsibilities include:

  • Health and medical planning and response in Kansas
  • Coordinating the Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8
  • Maintaining the Health Alert Network (KS-HAN)
  • Serving as the grantee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health and Human Services (HHS) health preparedness grants.

We promote all-hazards planning (in the absence of a specific threat) for capabilities that require response regardless of the cause.  A variety of exercise scenarios are prepared to contribute toward planning purposes for health preparedness.