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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Public Health Communications

This page contains information that will assist the general public with understanding how the federal government responds during a public health emergency and how to use this site for situational awareness. It provides useful information for the media and other public health communicators, as well as the legal authority which governs the federal governments activities during a public health emergency response.

For specific information related to an on-going public health emergency, please go to the Emergency home page. The first response to a public health emergency is always local and the Public Health Emergency home page will take you to the most up-to-date information.

Public Health Emergency Communications  Legal Authority of the Secretary 
Federal Public Health Response   


  • This page last reviewed: January 15, 2013