Public Health is the lead agency when it comes to connecting all ESF-8 Partners for planning, training, and exercises. Public Health agencies promote and protect the health of the community as a whole through education, prevention, surveillance, and response. The response portion varies depending on the disaster and can range from mass immunizations, to pill dispensing, to medical materials management, lab testing, and disease surveillance.
Public Health is also vital when it comes to community recovery. A large disaster, such as a flood or a tornado, can create a large amount of debris that puts at risk the health of the population. Public Health is the lead agency with coordinating the recovery of the community following a disaster.