Emergency Preparedness and Response Division


Emergency Preparedness and
Response Division
Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 637-3600
(213) 381-0006 FAX

Public Callers who would like to reach the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division or a report a public health issue may also call 2-1-1 anytime.


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Health Hazard Assessment and Prioritization
All communities face a broad range of natural and manmade hazards that can threaten the public’s health and safety. However, the commonality of hazard-based threats has not translated into a standard hazard vulnerability assessment process or tool, especially for state and local health agencies. In response to the federal government’s revised national preparedness goals and capabilities (PHEP and HPP), the Los Angeles Department of Public Health—in collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and the Pasadena Department of Public Health—has developed the Health Hazard Assessment and Prioritization (hHAP) instrument to provide a practical and innovative approach to hazard vulnerability assessment through use of a 6-step process to identify, assess and analyze the potential risk of 62 unique potential hazards facing a community. This free tool offers a simple, health-focused mechanism to engage the community, identify organizational priorities and improve an agency or community’s capability to successfully prepare for, respond to and recover from potential emergency threats.
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Vision and Mission
Our Vision: Los Angeles County residents are protected from the public health consequences of both natural and intentional emergencies.

Our Mission: To prevent and mitigate the public health consequences of natural or intentional emergencies for Los Angeles County residents through threat assessment, planning, improved operational readiness, and timely response.
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