Emergency Preparedness and Response


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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Practice and stay prepared

You’ve met your neighbors and made a plan. Remember these steps to stay prepared.


  • Practice evacuation of your home and neighborhood
  • Check and update neighborhood maps

Twice a Year

  • Check and confirm contact lists
  • Keep Emergency Kits up-to-date

Volunteer and connect with the larger community.

Volunteering can help you connect with others in your community and take an active role in being prepared. You may meet many people who have great ideas and plans to share.

Volunteer Opportunities with Los Angeles County include the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Public Health Emergency Volunteer (PHEV) Network and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.

MRC Los Angeles is made up of medical, health, dental, mental health and other skilled professionals trained to assist during public health emergencies. mrclosangeles.org

PHEV Network works with established community volunteer
units that assist in responding to public health emergencies. The
Network has created a system to attract, train and activate these

CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness and
trains them in basic disaster response skills. cert-la.com

There is a wealth of information available about disaster preparedness for you and your family, your neighborhood, business or organization. To learn more, please visit the websites below:

Some e-mail newsletters, alerts, and other online destinations you may want to receive or be aware of:

Know Your Neighbors link Plan Together link Be Ready link

For more information about community preparedness and for some tips on how to get to know your neighbors, go to prepare2respond.org, or www.ready.gov.
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.
Did You Know
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