Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) is a federal program through the CDC that is tasked with planning and preparing for public health emergencies. Funds from this program are distributed to the states and then to local health departments. This funding helps health departments build and strengthen their abilities to effectively respond to a range of public health threats, including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. Preparedness activities funded by the PHEP cooperative agreement are targeted specifically for the development of emergency-ready public health departments that are flexible and adaptable.

The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District works in conjunction with various entities, including the Waco-McLennan County Office of Emergency Management, local hospitals, and local first responders, to plan for the collaborative response to emergencies in our community.  Pre-planning for emergency response is imperative, as planning saves time in getting operations under way, and helps to ensure essential activities are carried out efficiently.  The McLennan County All-Hazards Plan outlines which agencies perform specific functions in order to facilitate the integrated response of many partners.

Personal Preparedness

Although the Health District PHEP program works with other community partners daily to help protect the public and respond in the event of a disaster, we strongly encourage everyone to take steps towards personal preparedness for yourself and your family. In the event of a disaster, it may take some time for first responders to arrive with assistance. Not only is it the responsible thing to do, it could save your life!

For more information on Preparedness, and checklists to build your kit and make a plan visit:

Central Texas Medical Reserve Corps

For more information:

Call 254-750-5492



The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is the sponsoring agency for the Central Texas Medical Reserve Corps (CTMRC). As MRC volunteers, we are committed to the health and medical well being of the citizens of McLennan County during planned preparedness events or emergency operations.

The Central Texas MRC is an all volunteer organization which encourages individual volunteers to seek and accept ownership of key portions of the MRC operations, while maintaining an integrated focus with other volunteer organizations and the response agencies within McLennan County.

The CTMRC seeks to advance volunteerism in McLennan County by partnering with the Heart of Texas Council of Governments Citizens Corps, AmeriCorps and with local chapters of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers.

The Mission of the CTMRC remains: to recruit, specifically train and retain volunteers to expand the health and medical response capabilities within McLennan County.

The Central Texas Medical Reserve Corps is committed to build upon past successes and expand the possibilities of volunteerism in McLennan County.

Volunteers come from all walks of life, and do not have to have a background as a health care provider.  There are many roles needed during an emergency, and the CTMRC serves as the basis for meeting public health needs during all major emergency response operations in McLennan County.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or if you have questions about the program, please contact Stephanie Alvey at 254-750-5492 or You can also register online at

 CTMRC volunteers have many opportunities for training, service during emergencies, and participation during exercises.  Exercises allow emergency responders and volunteers to practice together, and improve their skills prior to an emergency.