The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead administrative and planning agency for public health initiatives, including public health emergency preparedness. DPH works with federal, state, regional, and local partners to improve the state’s ability to respond in emergencies. The Connecticut Public Health Emergency Response Plan (CT PHERP) identifies DPH response activities during a public health emergency. This plan serves as the Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 – Public Health and Medical Services component of the state’s disaster and emergency operations plans.