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Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response


The mission of the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Preparedness & Response Program is to protect the public and ensure that the County’s first responders and health care system are prepared to respond to public health emergencies in an effective and coordinated manner.

The San Luis Obispo County’s Emergency Preparedness (EP) Program resides within the County Public Health Department and is under the direction of the County Health Officer. 

The EP Program is responsible for supporting the Public Health Department in the management and coordination of public health emergencies. Incidents that would involve public health include:

  • Natural disasters
  • Technological disasters
  • Bioterrorism incidents 
  • Other acts of terrorism, including chemical and radiological
  • Pandemic Flu 

Healthcare Coalition

Does your medical practice feel prepared to respond to a disaster event in SLO County, such as a tsunami, earthquake, wildfire, or nuclear event?  We are reaching out to select community healthcare providers in an effort to strengthen partnerships for effective response to just such emergency events.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department Emergency Preparedness Program invites you to review and consider signing the Healthcare Coalition Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU creates a framework for more timely support and information sharing among healthcare entities in emergencies. By signing the MOU, your agency agrees to coordinate with the Public Health Department and may be able to benefit from shared resources, mutual aid and information in emergencies.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Elizabeth Merson
Program Manager
San Luis Obispo County Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Phone: 805.781.1077
Fax: 805.788.2715


Contact and Additional Information


Contact Information     Additional Information
Important Phone Numbers   Healthcare Coalition
Non-Emergency Phone and Mail Contacts Medical Reserve Corps -  Medical Volunteer Program
Report an Emergency How to Get More Information During and After an Emergency
Contacts for Use by State and Local Health Officials, Healthcare Providers Non-Emergency Inquiries
First Responders Information
  Access and Functional Needs: Planning for local and regional disasters
  Young Children And Disasters


Important Phone Numbers

    Emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance)


    Public Health Department

(805) 781-5500

    Environmental Health Division of Public Health Department

(805) 781-5544

    Mental Health Department

(805) 781-4700

    Public Health Information Line (PHIL)                                           

(805) 788-2903 

    Automated touchtone telephone directory

(805) 781-5000



Non-Emergency :



  • For General Public Health Inquiries:  (805) 781-5500
  • For Emergency Preparedness Inquiries:  (805) 788-2940  FAX: (805)788-2715



San Luis Obispo County
Public Health Department / Emergency Preparedness Program
2180 Johnson Ave., 2nd Floor
San Luis Obispo, CA  93401


Report an Emergency

If you believe that you have been exposed to a biological, chemical or radiological agent, or if you believe an intentional threat will occur or is occurring, please contact local emergency responders by calling 9-1-1.  If you live in an area without 911 services, contact your local emergency, medical, public health, or police department.


How to Get More Information During and After an Emergency

To get more information during and after an emergency, listen to your local television and radio broadcasts. If needed, contact local authorities such as the police or state or local health department (however, do not call a 911 or other emergency telephone line unless you need assistance with an immediate physical or medical emergency).  If possible, you may also check the Resources webpage from the CDC. 

Non-Emergency Inquiries

  • For non-emergency inquires, see Contact CDC webpage for contact information.
  • For consultation on non-emergency Programmatic issues, please contact the following CDC Programs:
    • Coordinating Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response: (404) 639-7405
    • Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program: (404) 639-0385
    • Chemical, Radiological, and Natural Disasters: National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: (770) 488-7000

Contacts for Use by State and Local Health Officials, Healthcare Providers

CDC Emergency Response Hotline (24 hours): 770-488-7100. The CDC Emergency Response Hotline can be used by health departments and healthcare providers to receive emergency information from subject matter experts in bioterrorism, chemical emergency and natural disasters.


First Responders Information

Emergency Response Resources : Information on collecting environmental samples, respirator cleaning, traumatic incident distress information, and more.

Types of Biological Agents - Click Here

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