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The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department Emergency Preparedness and Response Program lead efforts in preventing, responding to, and recovering from emergencies that impact public health. These emergencies can be natural (wildfires, blizzards, flooding, or a disease outbreak such as pandemic influenza, West Nile virus, or meningococcal disease) or manmade (acts of terrorism or hazardous materials spill).

The Health Department's staff increases preparedness within the department and the community by planning for public health emergencies, providing training and exercises, and educating the public. The Program also collaborates with the County's Emergency Management Unit, and other local, state, federal, and non-profit agencies to prepare and respond to a wide range of emergency events in Cheyenne and Laramie County.

Flooding and Health

Health and safety after the storm

Food and water safety

Mental health

Worker safety

Wildfires and your health

Wildfires may increase your susceptibility to respiratory difficulties. There are things you can do to decrease risk of that happening.

Wildfires: Be Prepared

Preparing for evacuation

Anyone in Cheyenne-Laramie County might be asked to evacuate their homes for a fire or an emergency at any time. Are you prepared? Here are some checklists so that you can be ready BEFORE you need to leave your home.

Returning home after the fire: health tips

Winter Weather

Other Information

Volunteer Opportunities

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources

Assistance in Laramie County during an emergency or outbreak

Personal and family preparedness and planning

Information for kids

  • FEMA Ready Kids – Meet the mountain lion family as they prepare their home and family for emergencies. Join them through games, checklists, crosswords, a scavenger hunt, and other ways that make planning fun. Grover and Sesame Street Friends are also there to help you prepare.
  • CDC Prepare Kids – The page provides information on how to help kids cope with disaster or get back to school after a disaster.

Diseases and Outbreaks

Natural Disasters/Emergencies (Floods, Wildfires, Tornadoes, Blizzards/Winter Storms, etc.)

Man-Made Disasters/Terrorism


People with special needs

Info for pet and livestock owners

John Kelley, PHRC
Bio–Terrorism\Cities Readiness
Cheyenne–Laramie County Health Department
Public Health Emergency Response
100 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY  82007
Office: (307) 633–4063
Fax: (307) 633–4141