FEDERAL PUBLIC HEALTH

The preservation of the public health has historically been the responsibility of state and local governments. Clarity in leadership is crucial in a joint federal, state, and local response to any event which could cause harm to the public's health. 

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OVERVIEW

Emergency preparedness protects public health by providing services and resources to prevent or respond to disease outbreaks, natural or human-caused disasters or other crisis events. Both state and federal governments play a role in ensuring effective emergency public health capacity.  While states have primary responsibility for the health and safety of their residents, the federal government may supplement state resources and provide overarching capacity such as coordination, disease surveillance, biomedical research and laboratory services, health information and vaccine production capabilities. 

 

Emergency Preparedness

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STATE QUARANTINE STATUTES

Find out more about state law authority for quarantine and isolation within state borders, including authority to initiate quarantine and isolation, limitations on state quarantine powers, and penalties for violations.

 

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