Public Health Preparedness and Response

CDC is a preparedness and response agency, always alert for health threats. CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) ensures the United States can quickly respond to and effectively manage expected, unexpected, and unimaginable public health threats. Recognizing that our nation is always at risk, CPR fortifies our defenses against outbreaks, natural disasters, and chemical or bioterrorist attacks. We reduce illness and injury by empowering communities to prepare for, detect, and rapidly respond to any emergency. In a crisis, CPR’s experts stand ready to lead the response, connecting people with resources and leveraging CDC’s world class scientific expertise to protect our nation’s health and safety.

CDC Preparedness and Response Funding

CPR Funding

10 Years of CDC Public Health Emergency Responses

10 Years of CDC Public Health Emergency Responses

Preparedness & Response: By the Numbers – 2019

  • $623 M Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program funds awarded to 62 jurisdictions
  • 49 CDC preparedness experts assigned to 43 jurisdictions across the nation
  • 22 Global Health Security partner countries that sent public health leaders for emergency management training at CDC headquarters
  • 174 Laboratories equipped to detect, identify, and respond to chemical or biological threats and emerging infectious diseases—part of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN)
  • 206 Inspections of laboratories conducted by the Federal Select Agent Program in 2018 to ensure compliance with biosafety and security regulations
  • 70% Percentage of the nation’s emergency department (ED) visits that are contributed to CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program’s BioSense Platform
  • 2,431 Emergency responders across the country trained on how to receive and distribute lifesaving medical countermeasures
  • 23,702 Calls triaged by CDC’s Emergency Operations Center from state health departments, clinicians, hospitals, and the public
  • 456 CDC staff deployed as responders for the Polio, Ebola and Lung Injury responses
Page last reviewed: December 18, 2020, 05:00 PM