Disaster Preparedness

The Oldham County Health Department is dedicated to keeping you safe through Public Health Preparedness.  Preparedness enhances the capacity of our agency and our health care system to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.

Prepare for a Disaster

Learn how you and your family can prepare for disasters by establishing an Emergency Supply Kit.  The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends that families have a disaster supply kit in place for any emergency – a tornado or flood or any other risk to health and safety. An Emergency Supply Kit might include the following items:

Food & Water

3-day supply of food and water (one gallon per day per person).  Include canned and dried foods that are easy to store and prepare


Clothing, blankets and sleeping bags

Battery Power

Battery-powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries. 

First-Aid Kit

A fully stocked first-aid kit containing anything needed for injuries.


Candles and matches for light and warmth.

Sanitation Supplies

Sanitation supplies, including iodine tablets and bleach to disinfect water. 

Potassium Iodide

To protect against radiation poisoning.


Toilet articles and special needs items for infants, older adults or disabled family members.

Keys & Glasses

Extra sets of car keys and eyeglasses. 


If you have a car, try to keep at least 1/2 tank of gas in it at all times.


Cash and traveler’s checks – cash is most important in case ATMs are shut off.


Important family documents in a waterproof container. 


Prevent breathing in hazardous materials.


Duct tape and heavyweight garbage bags or plastic sheeting to seal windows and doors against potential contamination outside.

Car Emergency Kit

Keep a smaller emergency kit in your car at all times. 

Important Notice

Effective August 17, 2016 CodeRed will no longer provide emergency notifications in Oldham County.   Anyone currently signed up with CodeRed MUST register with the new Emergency Notification System, which is RaveAlert/Smart911TM.  Residents are encouraged to signup online at HERE.  Any resident who does not have access to the Internet can call 225-5115 to sign up manually.

The new service allows individuals and families to sign up not only to receive emergency notifications, but also to provide key information to call takers that can be used during an emergency call to 911.  All residents are highly encouraged to sign up for emergency notifications, important general notifications and to share information with Emergency Management.  Residents DO NOT have to provide any personal or identifying information to sign up.