Emergency Preparedness Office
The Emergency Preparedness Office (EPO) coordinates overall planning and preparedness efforts for the California Department of Public Health.
EPO plans and executes activities to prepare Californians for public health emergencies, coordinates planning for the Strategic National Stockpile, maintains contact names and numbers for crisis response, oversees statewide public health disaster planning, and distributes and oversees funds to local health departments for disaster planning.
EPO coordinates functions related to Risk Communication and Professional Training; Planning and Response; Policy and Coordination; Program Administration; the Strategic National Stockpile program; Duty Officer Program; and Web, Geographic Information Systems and the California Health Alert Network. EPO has developed a disaster planning website, Be Prepared California, to assist Californians in understanding and preparing for catastrophic threats to public health