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Public Health Preparedness



preparing together logoMonterey County Office of Public Health Preparedness is engaging in collaborative, community focused emergency health planning to address biological, chemical, radiological, or natural disaster events that result in public health threats or emergencies.

Monterey County Health Department has:

  • Effective plans and resources to work with during emergencies to protect the community.
  • Developed and maintain public health emergency capacity.
  • Coordinated with community, county, state, and federal partners to develop a plan to provide mass prophylaxis and treatment to people in the county.
  • Developed the capacity to rapidly identify diseases and initiate prevention and control activities.
  • Developed effective, secure communication infrastructure for rapid communication among public health and its partners.
  • Developed the capacity to effectively communicate health/risk information to the public and key partners.
  • Developed a public health workforce.
  • Prepared the community for an emergency.

Be Prepared
 Resources for Preparedness and Response

Even a small amount of preparation before an emergency can make a huge difference and can save lives. That is why the Monterey County Health Department's Public Health Preparedness Program is doing its part. We are creating plans, practicing them, and conducting training to better protect the residents of Monterey County.

Preparedness Minutes

Preparedness Minutes are short publications to help you prepared your family for emergencies.  The topics range from preparing for earthquakes to preparing your family to communicate in the event of a disaster.  Publications are available in English and Spanish - Here. 


Alert Monterey CountySign up for Alert Monterey County 

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.

Sign up today at www.alertmontereycounty.org

CAHAN logoCalifornia Health Alert Network

The California Health Alert Network (CAHAN) is the State of California’s web-based information and communications system available on a 24/7/365 basis for distribution of health alerts, dissemination of prevention guidelines, coordination of disease investigation efforts, preparedness planning, and other initiatives that strengthen state and local preparedness. CAHAN participants have the ability to receive alerts and notifications via alphanumeric pager, e-mail, fax, and phone (cellular and landline).

More information about California Health Alert Network is available here.

DHV sealCalifornia Disaster Healthcare Volunteers

If you're a healthcare provider with an active license, a public health professional, or a member of a medical disaster response team in California who would like to volunteer for disaster service, Disaster Healthcare Volunteers is for you.

 Learn more about this opportunity and register today


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