Public health preparedness and response protects the public's health in disaster situations such as infectious diseases, severe weather, natural disasters, chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological events. The Onslow County Health Department works to protect the public's health before, during, and after any disaster situation.
The North Carolina Public Health Preparedness and Response program was created in 2002, to establish preparedness and response efforts among local health departments. The Onslow County Health Department is part of North Carolina's Eastern Region team. Each region works alongside state specialists to strengthen their preparedness and response program.