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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

After hours public health emergency or urgent communicable disease, please contact (805)781-4553


The mission of the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) 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 PHEP 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, including communicable disease outbreaks 
  • Technological disasters
  • Terrorism incidents, including biological, chemical & radiological terrorism 

Healthcare Coalition

Does your medical practice feel prepared to respond to a disaster event in SLO County, such as a pandemic disease outbreak, tsunami, earthquake, wildfire, or nuclear event?  We are reaching out to 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 visit our Coalition page for more information on coordinating with the Public Health Department and to benefit from shared resources, mutual aid and information in emergencies.            


Contact and Additional Information

 Important Phone Numbers

    Emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance)


    Public Health Department (Business Hours)

(805) 781-5500

    Public Health Department (After Hours) (805) 781-4553

    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

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.

If you are a first responder or healthcare entity representative and need to talk to a public health representative regarding an emergency situation, please contact (805)781-5500 during regular business hours or (805)781-4553 after hours, weekends/holidays.



  • For General Public Health Inquiries:  (805) 781-5500
  • For Emergency Preparedness Inquiries:  (805) 781-1077 FAX: (805)788-2715


San Luis Obispo County

Public Health Department / Emergency Preparedness Program

2180 Johnson Ave., 2nd Floor

San Luis Obispo, CA  93401

Additional Information
Access and Functional Needs: Planning for local and regional disasters 
County Office of Emergency Services (OES)  
First Responders Information 
Healthcare Coalition
How to Get More Information During and After an Emergency 
Medical Reserve Corps -  Medical Volunteer Program
Report an Emergency (Flyer to Post - click here)  
Young Children And Disasters

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