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Emergency Preparedness and Response Program


Emergency Preparedness and Response

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

CAHAN is a key component of emergency preparedness and response for both the state and local jurisdictions. This secure, web-based system is accessible via the internet on a 24/7/365 basis. The CAHAN system has four major functions:

  1. Alerts
    Receive and send important, time sensitive and secure health alert messages that reflect state and local public health guidance and resources.
  2. Home Page Information
    Access current statewide news, announcements, recent alerts, quick links, and documentation.
  3. Document Center
    Securely post, share, and access incident related guidance content and information.
  4. Directory
    View CAHAN directory containing current contact information for public health partners statewide.

Current CAHAN Participants

CAHAN participants are managed on both the state and local levels and represent a range of organizations including the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • Physicians, Nurses, and other healthcare providers
  • Schools and College & University Student Health Centers
  • Medical and healthcare organizations
  • Other key public health partners

Types of Alerts sent from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

CAHAN takes an all hazards approach when a public health response is required. That is, we prepare to respond to all incidents that affect or threaten the public’s health. The following is a list of the types of alerts that are sent from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

  • Revised alerts from CDPH or CDC with focus on local relevance/guidance
  • Natural disasters that require a public health and/or emergency medical response
  • Disease identification prevention, control, treatment, and testing guidelines
  • Distribution and availability of medication including vaccine
  • Requests for heightened surveillance
  • Occurrence of rare or unusual communicable diseases
  • Known or suspected disease outbreaks

You can receive CAHAN alerts via e-mail, phone (landline and cellular), Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), fax, or pager, or access them directly on the CAHAN portal.

For information on the types of alerts the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) sends, please see the brochure in the Resources section of this website.

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