Emergency Preparedness Office

Emergency Preparedness office (EPO)

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The Emergency Preparedness Office (EPO) coordinates overall planning and preparedness efforts for the California Department of Public Health.

EPO plans and executes the following activities to prepare Californians for public health emergencies:

  • Coordinates planning for the Strategic National Stockpile
  • Maintains and manages the Medical and Health Coordination Center (MHCC)
  • Oversees statewide public health disaster planning
  • Distributes and oversees funds to local health departments for disaster planning 
  • Operates and maintains the California Health Alert Network (CAHAN)
  • Collaborates with partners to develop the Statewide Medical and Health Exercise


EPO coordinates functions related to Risk Communication and Professional Training; Planning and Response; Policy and Coordination; Program Administration; 24-hour Duty Officer Program; Web and Geographic Information Systems. EPO has developed the disaster planning website, Be Prepared California to  assist Californians in understanding and preparing for catastrophic threats to public health

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