Health preparedness supplies

Public Health Preparedness

The goal of the Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) Preparedness Team is to ensure readiness among staff as we prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies through coordinated training, planning, and exercises.

During each event, we serve as the department’s coordinators to 1) monitor and respond to the event 2) provide assistance and support to all partners and 3) provide guidance and recommendations for key decision makers. 

Before and after events, we develop strategic plans to outline how MCPH will respond to each event. At the conclusion of developing a plan, we train and exercise to test our overall readiness. Exercising our plans allows our team the opportunity to evaluate the department on overall readiness to ensure we can respond to any event. 


Six Domains of Preparedness

The Mecklenburg County Public Health Preparedness Program works diligently to advance the CDC's six areas of preparedness to ensure readiness for all emergencies that may impact the public’s health. Check out each of the domain’s below to learn how we prepare for all potential threats.  Each domain listed below provides our team with a standard framework as we plan, exercise, and evaluate our ability to respond and recover from all public health emergencies.

  • Community Resilience: Preparing for and recovering from emergencies.

  • Incident management: Coordinating an effective response Information.

  • Management: Making sure people have information to take action.

  • Countermeasures and Mitigation: Getting medicines and supplies where they are needed.

  • Surge Management: Expanding medical services to handle large events.

  • Biosurveillance: Investigating and identifying health threats


Are You Ready?

Emergencies and disasters can occur at any time, therefore it’s important to be prepared to evacuate or take cover inside when disasters strike. The most common emergencies seen in Mecklenburg County include, but are not limited to hurricanes, severe weather, flooding, power outages and extreme heat. It is important for you and your loved ones to always be ready. Check out some tips below on how to prepare for any of the emergencies listed above. 

Preparedness Tips for You and Your Loved Ones:

  • Know your risk: Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Heavy rain and winds from the hurricane may travel inland and cause severe weather and flooding. 

  • Make an emergency plan: Make sure everyone in your households understands and knows what your emergency plans are. Guides and resources are below to assist with preparing a family plan. 

  • Build a go-kit: During and after an emergency, your family may need to survive on your own for several days. Having a go-kit with food, water and essential supplies for each person is important when planning. Resources and guides are below to assist when building a go-kit.

  • Know where to evacuate: You may have to evacuate your home during an emergency. You should know where to evacuate and the best route to take to do so. Resources are below to assist you with knowing where to go. If you are unable to evacuate, you will need to shelter-in-place. 

  • Recognize warnings and alerts: You should have more than one way to receive alerts. You may receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service or Emergency Alert System. It is important to have a fully charged back up charger just in case your mobile device loses charge. Additional resources are below. 

Get Emergency Alerts sent to your e-mail or phone.

Special Considerations 

  • Review important documents and insurance policies to ensure they are up to date. Consider placing paper copies in a plastic bag so they don’t get wet and inside of your go-kit, so you have them with you during an emergency. 

  • Identify if you may need additional assistance during emergencies if you or anyone in your household is an individual with disabilities

  • Pets are an important member of your family, so they should be included in your family plan and when building a go-kit

  • There are also important consideration for children and seniors to ensure they have everything they need during a disaster that may last several days. 


Action Plan Materials

Developing a Plan 

Family/Household Communication Plan

Building a Go-Kit


Warnings and Alerts 

North Carolina Hurricane Guide

Hurricane Tracker and Tropical Storm Outlook 

Shelter Support 

Readiness Guides for Your Business   

ReadyNC has a comprehensive hurricane guide that makes planning quick and easy. For more information on how you can be prepared, check out or ReadyNC


For more information on being prepared before, during and after a nuclear or radiological event, please visit ReadyNC or Duke Energy

Potassium Iodide Distribution

Mecklenburg County sits between two Duke Energy nuclear power plants, McGuire and Catawba. Due to their proximity to Mecklenburg County, residents and business should be prepared to protect themselves should a nuclear release affecting the health and safety of County residents occur.

In preparation of a possible nuclear release, the MCPH Preparedness Team provides potassium iodide (KI) tablets to Mecklenburg County residents and businesses who are within 10-miles of either nuclear power plant. Potassium iodide is a non-prescription medication that is used to protect the thyroid gland in the event of a nuclear release or radiological emergency. If taken at the appropriate time and at the proper dosage, potassium iodide can block the intake of radioactive iodine, therefore reducing the risk of thyroid cancer. Potassium iodide should NOT be taken unless directed by public health officials. If taking potassium iodide is recommended by public health officials, residents and businesses should still follow evacuation or shelter-in-place recommendations as well.

Potassium Iodide Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Potassium Iodide.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions about Radiation.pdf

Potassium Iodide (KI) Information Sheets in English.pdf and Spanish.pdf

Duke Energy Nuclear Information Center

McGuire Evacuation Zones, Shelters and Reception Centers 

Catawba Evacuation Zones, Shelters and Reception Centers 

Siren Notifications and Alerts

McGuire Nuclear Power Plant Text Alerts – Text McGuire to 71729

Catawba Nuclear Power Plant Text Alerts – Text Catawba to 71729

Message frequency depends on user. Message and data rates may apply.

Terms & Privacy Policy:

For Mecklenburg County Residents

If you are a Mecklenburg County resident who lives or works within 10-miles of either nuclear power plant, please visit the following locations during normal business hours to obtain your potassium iodide (KI):

Mecklenburg County Health Department - Uptown
618 N. College Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

Mecklenburg County Health Department - Northwest
2845 Beatties Ford Road,
Charlotte, NC 28216

Cornelius Police Department
21440 Catawba Ave,
Cornelius, NC 28031

Davidson Police Department
216 S Main St,
Davidson, NC 28036

Huntersville Police Department
9630 Julian Clark Avenue,
Huntersville, NC 28078

Pineville Police Department
427 Main Street,
Pineville, NC 28134

Steele Creek Police Department 
2227 Westinghouse Blvd,
Charlotte, NC 28273

For Mecklenburg County Businesses

All Mecklenburg County businesses located within 10-miles of either nuclear power plant requesting potassium iodide (KI) will need to submit a request on company letterhead documenting your business name, address, main point of contact and greatest number of employees at any given time. The request will then need to be taken to the following locations during normal business hours to obtain potassium iodide. Please call first to allow time to prepare medications. 

Mecklenburg County Health Department - Uptown
618 N. College Street,
Charlotte, NC 28202

Mecklenburg County Health Department - Northwest
2845 Beatties Ford Road,
Charlotte, NC 28216

For Residents and Businesses Outside of Mecklenburg County

If you are a resident or business in Catawba, Gaston, Iredell or Lincoln County within 10-miles of either nuclear power plant, please visit the following distribution sites during normal business hours or contact your local health department for more information. South Carolina residents and businesses should contact their local health department for more information. Please call before visiting each distribution site to check the availability of potassium iodide.

Catawba County

Catawba County Health Department 
3070 11th Avenue Drive SE,
Hickory, NC 28602

Gaston County

Gaston County Environmental Health Department
991 W. Hudson Blvd.,
Gastonia, NC 28052

Iredell County

Iredell County Health Department*
318 Turnersburg Highway,
Statesville, NC 28625

Iredell County Health Department* 
610 East Center Avenue,
Mooresville, NC 28115

Lincoln County

Lincoln County Health Department 
151 Sigmon Road,
Lincolnton, NC 28092

The Florence S. Shanklin Library
7837 Fairfield Forrest Road,
Denver, NC 28037 

*Businesses should send all requests by fax to the Statesville Campus at 704-871-3474. Requests should be on company letterhead and must contain the number of employees on site during the largest shift and the name(s) of company representative(s) who will have the authority to pick up the tablets. All requests must be submitted at least 5 days in advance. 

Closed Point of Dispensing (POD)

Points of Dispensing (PODs) are community locations in which state and local agencies dispense medical countermeasures (MCMs) such as vaccines, antiviral drugs, antibiotics, antitoxins or chemical antidotes used to effectively prevent, mitigate, or treat adverse health effects of an intentional, accidental, or naturally occurring public health emergency. 

This toolkit provides information and answers key questions regarding how to become a closed POD, allowing the opportunity for organizations to work with MCPH to develop individual plans that’s are just right for each.

Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) Toolkit

Community Engagement

Community engagement is the process of developing relationships that allow key partners to work together to address health-related issues and promote well-being to achieve positive health outcomes. Community engagement is crucial for managing, controlling, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters. The COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed the need to elevate community engagement to build equity, trust, and sustainable preparedness strategies throughout local communities, specifically those who may be disproportionally impacted. Strengthening communities enhances opportunities for better outcomes and building resiliency that will mitigate the impact of future disasters and emergencies.

The Mecklenburg County Preparedness Team strives to promote readiness within all communities by building relationships with community leaders to provide trainings and workshops to increase overall preparedness. Trainings and workshops are designed to equip all with the tools and resources needed during emergencies. 

If you would like for us to host a workshop, training or community or school fair, please contact us.

Contact Us

Tyler Green, MPH, Preparedness Health Manager, 980-240-2667 


Kimberly Scales, MPH, Preparedness Health Coordinator, 704-517-8046


Jenna Hoagland, MPH, Preparedness Health Coordinator, 704-310-7976

To report suspicious packages or substances, call your local law enforcement agency at 9-1-1

If you are a fire or police department representative and need to talk to Public Health about a suspicious substance, call 980-240-2667

To report a disease of suspected bioterrorism origin, call 704-336-2817

To report communicable diseases and animal bites, visit Communicable Disease Control.

To report suspected foodborne outbreaks or issues with restaurant, lodging, pool and institutional sanitation, visit Environmental Health Services.


HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

​The HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices (English-Spanish) describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. We are required by law to protect health information about you.

​​Notice of Non-Discrimination & Accessibility

The Notice of Non-Discrimination and Accessibility states that the Mecklenburg County Health Department (MCHD) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. MCHD does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. MCHD also does not discriminate on the basis of religion, pregnancy (including number of pregnancies), marital status, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics.

Guests needing language assistance or public accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act may do so by calling 704-336-6500