Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness includes all plans developed and reviewed in anticipation of a crisis, which includes a wide variety of public health emergencies such as pandemic influenza and natural disasters that impact on the infrastructure that supports the health care system.

Disease Specific Information


The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first reported in 2012. It is a rare virus, but it can cause serious illness and even death. So far, all reported cases have occurred in people living in or travelling to the Middle East. Researchers believe that MERS-CoV does not spread easily from person to person. But there are still questions on how it spreads and where it comes from.

Public Health Ontario

Zika Virus

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease. It is a single stranded RNA Flavivirus from the Flaviviridae family.


Update February 11, 2016

Other Alerts/Patient Issues

2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) Consumption


Update June 17, 2015                         Update June 17, 2015 – French 

Infection Prevention and Control Lapse Investigation Process Updates

Emergency Preparedness Guidance Documents – General

Emergency Preparedness Resources – General