The Polk County Health Department is part of the Western Wisconsin Public Health Readiness Consortium (WWPHRC). Currently, there are 19 county health departments and two tribal health agencies as members. The purpose of the WWPHRC is to help prepare local public health agencies’ staff for acts of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health threats. The WWPHRC accomplishes this through networking, coordinating, standardizing, and centralizing resources and planning efforts.

Polk County Public health preparedness works closely with Polk County Emergency Management

Everyone should take steps to minimize the impact of disasters on their family.  Do you have a plan? Is your family prepared for an emergency? What can you do to make sure you're ready for anything? 

  • Make sure you can get emergency notifications from Polk County. Sign up for  
  • Visit to find out more about preparedness.  
  • Visit Ready Wisconsin website for more ideas and information 

Emergency Alert Notifications from CodeRED
Live, work, or play in Polk County? Want make sure you are notified of emergencies 24/7/365? Polk County encourages everyone to sign up for CodeRED to receive emergency alert notifications that require immediate action or awareness (such as emergency evacuations, missing children or vulnerable adults, or boil water alerts). If you want these free notifications sent to your cell phone, VoIP phone, or email account you must register on the CodeRED website for Polk County.  Custom weather alerts are now available if you create a managed account!  

You will only get notices for your location. If you have a cell phone, you will be notified even if you're not at home.  If you have a cabin or business this is a great way to stay informed at all times.  You can create a separate work and home account to get alerts at two locations.   

We also have a mobile app! Bonus, in addition to getting Polk County alerts, many other places around the US also use CodeRED. If the area you're travelling in is covered the mobile app can alert you of situations without additional sign-ups.  

If you have any questions about CodeRED, please contact the Polk County Communications Center at (715) 485-8300.