Galena, Illinois
At a Glance
  • State Population: 12,741,080
  • Local Health Departments: 95
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Flooding, Snowstorms
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: CODIV-19; 2019: Northern Illinois Flooding; 2018: Rend Lake Water Conservancy Service Interruption
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $16,541,884
    (does not include $10,070,627 awarded to Chicago)
    FY 2020: $16,052,302
    (does not include $9,651,498 awarded to Chicago)
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $59,356,567
    (does not include $16,756,027 awarded to Chicago)
    FY 2020: $22,735,458
    (does not include $12,205,759 awarded to Chicago)
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 2
  • Laboratorians: 5
  • Educators: 2
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 2
  • Other*: 22

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
  2. Community Preparedness
  3. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  4. Information Sharing
  5. Public Health Laboratory Testing
Stories from the Field
Illinois Eclipse
Keeping People Safe During the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

In 2017, a solar eclipse captured the interest of the U.S., with millions of people rushing to the so-called “path of totality”, which included parts of southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health and nearly a dozen county health departments across southern Illinois engaged in several days of emergency operations center activity. They relied heavily on a PHEP-funded web-based emergency management system to coordinate the event. PHEP supported partnerships with several volunteer teams that distributed water to help prevent heat-related illnesses as temperatures topped 90 degrees. As a result, southern Illinois safely accommodated approximately 250,000 visitors during the eclipse.

Illinois Contaminated Water
Responding to a Water Contamination Incident in Illinois

A water main break under a river contaminated water in Cumberland County, Illinois and left some residents without water entirely. In response, PHEP-funded health department staff established a water distribution center and went door-to-door to check on residents. The actions of the health department and the community spirit of the small town prevented any waterborne illnesses.

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Page last reviewed: January 14, 2022, 01:33 pm