Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Our Focus

The health and safety of the citizens of San Benito County are our primary concerns. PHEP focuses on preparedness and response activities related to the health impact of any emergency in the county.​

Our Mission

The San Benito County Public Health Services Emergency Preparedness goal is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies and be prepared to manage public health emergencies. The preparation includes, but not limited to natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies terrorist attacks, and outbreaks of pandemics.

How Emergency Preparedness Works

San Benito County Public Health Services works in collaboration with many local/state/federal partners including the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services to coordinate resources and ensure response to public needs in an emergency. We also collaborate with the wider community on multiple preparedness and response activities through presentations, trainings, drills, and exercises with health care providers and facilities, community-based organizations (CBOs), and local governments. The primary source of funding for these activities stem from grants provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Are you able to survive on your own for a few days if your community experienced an emergency or disaster such as a flood or earthquake? Roads may not be accessible, water maybe contaminated, or the electricity might be out as a result of the disaster.

Being prepared for emergencies is essential to get you and your family through the initial hours/days after a disaster occurs and before help arrives. Follow these 3 basic steps to help be better prepared for a disaster:

1. Build an Emergency Kit
Assemble enough emergency supplies for at least 3 days to include, but not limited to:
• First Aid Kit
• Food and Water
• Battery/Solar Power Radio and Flashlight
• Cell Phone and Charger
• Pet supplies
• Prescription Medicines and Over the Counter Medications
• Diapers and infant formula, if needed
• ID or identification information
• Important documents such as insurance policy and birth certificates
• Cash on hand, as electricity may be out and ATM’s may not be working
• Small duffle bag with clothes and hygiene supplies

Store in easy-to-carry bags or bins and place important documents in plastic zip lock bags to protect those documents.

2. Form a Plan for Evacuation and Designate an Area to Meet
Have a map of an evacuation plan and place to meet if you need to evacuate your home. Once evacuated and at the designated meeting, take a count of who is present. If there is any question of who is missing or have knowledge of a missing person, report this to rescue or law enforcement personnel immediately.

Practice this evacuation plan so everyone knows how to safely evacuate and find the designated meeting point.

3. Be Informed
Listen to your local news stations via radio or tv and follow all instructions of emergency officials. If you can’t immediately follow the directions given, take shelter and/or notify emergency services of the assistance you need.

Also, Consider Emergency First Aid Kits for Each Vehicle

Learn more about protective measures to take before, during and after an emergency by clicking here.

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