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Emergency Preparedness and Response Services (EPRS)

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The Emergency Preparedness and Response Services (EPRS) division of the Oklahoma State Department of Health protects and promotes the health and safety of Oklahomans through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from public health emergencies, including infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and acts of terrorism.

A major disaster that causes numerous fatalities, severe illness, injuries, disruption of normal life, and/or property loss has powerful impacts on Oklahoma’s economic, physical, and social infrastructures. EPRS coordinates emergency response planning and operations across the agency and with other state agencies, hospitals, EMS agencies, healthcare coalitions, local and tribal governments, and response partners. To prepare for and respond to an emergency of great severity and magnitude requires surveillance, rapid response, dependable communication systems, a trained and available workforce, and volunteers to help perform essential tasks.

EPRS is a federally funded, statewide program seeking to ensure the state of Oklahoma can respond to a variety of public health threats through the administration of the following grants:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Services grant
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Hospital Preparedness Program grant
  • Public Health Crisis Reponse cooperative agreement
  • Other supplemental emergency response grants such as:
    • 2009-10 H1N1 emergency response grant
    • 2014-15 Ebola emergency response grant
    • 2017 Zika emergency response grant

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is the lead agency for public health initiatives including public health and medical systems emergency preparedness and response activities, and the OSDH Emergency Preparedness and Response Services (EPRS) coordinates emergency response planning and operations for the agency.  

A major disaster that causes numerous fatalities, severe illness, injuries, disruption of normal life, and/or property loss has powerful impacts on Oklahoma’s economic, physical, and social infrastructures. EPRS coordinates emergency response planning and operationsTo prepare for and respond to an emergency of great severity and magnitude requires surveillance, rapid response, dependable communication systems, a trained and available workforce, and volunteers to help perform essential tasks.


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Emergency Preparedness and Response Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Ste 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Physical Location:
Emergency Preparedness and Response Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 

Phone: (405) 271-0900 (24/7)
Fax:     (405) 271-5143