Emergency Preparedness

Nobles County, Minnesota

   Nobles County Mission

In cooperation with our citizens, we improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by fostering a healthy economy and environment in Nobles County.

ECHO Minnesota

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(888) 883-8831

Nobles County Community Health Services

318 Ninth St.
PO Box 189
Worthington, MN 56187

For appointments for WIC, Immunizations, and Refugee Health please call:

(507) 295-5360(p)
(507) 372-5094 (f)

Phone Contact Process

If this is an emergency, call 911.

  • If you are ill, call your health care provider.
  • For a poisoning emergency, call the Minnesota Poison Control System at 1-800-222-1222.
  • During business hours, to reach the Minnesota Department of Health, call 651-201-5000 or 1-888-345-0823, or for TTY: 651-201-5797
  • If you are a physician calling about an infectious disease, please call 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414, anytime.
  • To report a natural or manmade emergency that may have serious public health consequences for the community, call the local public health office at 507-295-5213.

Nobles County Budget Online


Board of Appeal and Equalization - Agenda

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

In recent years, the roles of responding to disasters and preventing the spread of disease have come to the forefront due to threats to national security and newly emerging diseases. These threats have increased our awareness of the need to be better prepared for not only future bioterrorist events but also other Public Health emergencies—such as a major food borne disease outbreaks or newly emerging infectious diseases such as Pandemic Influenza.

In Public Health, we take an "all hazards" approach to the planning and preparedness. So in our efforts, we are preparing for:

  • Bioterrorism-related threats—such as anthrax or smallpox
  • Serious disease outbreaks—such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Pandemic Influenza, Yellow Fever, and Dengue as well as many others
  • Food or water contamination
  • Weather-related incidents
  • Hazardous materials spills
  • Other terrorist events—including chemical, nuclear or radiological threats

While preparing for the possibility of any of these events, we also have the opportunity to strengthen our Public Health infrastructure. For example, we need to strengthen our ability to detect and investigate diseases, mitigate community workforce losses through education, vaccinations, and update our technology that will help us to communicate with other local, state, and federal resources. Building on these issues will allows us to not only respond better to emergencies, but also conduct our daily work in our communities more effectively.