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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Emergency Preparedness Response and Bioterrorism

Contact Us

  •  904-253-1270



    Mailing Address

    921 N. Davis St. 

    Bldg. A, Suite 251 

    Jacksonville, FL 32209 

Bioterrorism means the "the deliberate or threatened use of bacteria, viruses or toxins to cause disease, death, disruption or fear."

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the anthrax attacks that followed, the nation has increased its awareness and preparedness about bioterrorism and other public emergencies. Planning and response teams have been formed throughout the nation in an effort to protect our citizens. 

But we need your help. You can take three simple steps to empower yourself and your family against bioterrorism and other public emergencies.


  • Make an emergency plan for your family and practice it (include your pets).
  • Know the emergency plan at your place of employment, your place of worship, your child's school or daycare, and other places where you spend time.


  • Put together a disaster supply kit.
  • Learn all you can about bioterrorism and the realistic threat of a biological attack.


We know that the first response to a disaster of any kind will be a local response. We need to be prepared to take care of ourselves and our community for at least 7 to 14 days until outside help can arrive.

  • Volunteer with agencies like the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.
  • Get involved in preparedness efforts. Join groups like Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), and the Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
  • Learn CPR and First Aid.

In an Emergency  

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Please contact your local health department and law enforcement authorities if you believe that you have been exposed to a biological or chemical agent, or if you believe an intentional biological threat is occurring.

Location and Contact Information 

Florida Department of Health in Duval County
921 N. Davis St.
Building A, Suite 251
Jacksonville, Florida 32209

Call 904-253-1270 to request a presentation/speaker.