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County of San Luis Obispo

Disaster Healthcare Coalition


To help our county prepare, respond and recover quickly from emergencies, the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) invites healthcare entities to join. Follow the steps below to join:
1) Review the SLO-DHCC Governance Structure to learn about the roles of SLO-DHCC partner members .
2) Complete and submit Attachments C & D of the SLO-DHCC Governance Structure to support timely resource and information sharing among healthcare entities in emergencies.
3) Attend SLO-DHCC meetings (see the 2020 Meeting Schedule and the Agendas and Minutes) to collaborate with other healthcare partners.
4) Enroll in the California Health Alert Network (see CAHAN Enrollment Eform) to receive public health alerts and messages.


  • Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP): This sub committee is designed to provide a platform for hospitals and EMS providers  to network, share best practices and exchange information on planning and preparedness efforts in the county while fulfilling grant requirements.
  • Health Care Partners Work Group (HCPWG): This work group is designed to provide a platform for healthcare partners new to emergency planning to network, share best practices and exchange information on planning and preparedness efforts in the county.


  • Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (SWMHE): The Statewide Medical and Health Exercise takes place on the 3rd Thursday in November every year. This exercise is designed to test participating agencies’ ability to respond to an emergency.
  • Coalition Surge Test (CST): The Coalition Surge Test is designed to help healthcare coalitions identify gaps in their surge planning through a no-notice exercise. The CST tests the coalition’s ability to evacuate and transfer at least 20 percent of the coalition’s staffed bed capacity.
  • For detailed information, please refer to the Healthcare Coalition Exercises webpage.



For more information on partnering with Public Health Emergency Preparedness, please contact:
[email protected]



Disaster Health Care Coalition (DHCC) Agenda and Minutes
Health Care Partners Working Group (HCPWC) Agenda and Minutes
Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Agendas and Minutes
Healthcare Coalition Exercises
CMS Rule
Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC)
California Health Alert Network (CAHAN)
Other Disaster Healthcare Coalition Resources

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