Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)

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.

How We Do It

We create guides, plans and templates. We also collaborate on multiple preparedness and response activities, such as presentations, trainings, drills, and exercises for health care providers and facilities, community-based organizations (CBOs), and local governments to coordinate public health emergency preparedness activities.

The primary sources of funding for these activities are the state agency, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our Partners

PHEP works in partnership with other public health departments, local governments, schools, community-based organizations, professional associations, and a range of healthcare providers and facilities including hospitals, primary care clinics, long term care facilities, and emergency medical service providers.

Our Mission

The San Benito County Public Health Department’s goal is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies and terrorist attacks.

Are You Prepared?

Being prepared is the best way to protect yourself and your family against disasters. Here are three simple steps you can take to prepare.

  1. Put together an emergency supply kit.
  2. Make a family emergency plan and share it with your family.
  3. Watch local news and stay informed.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Emergency Preparedness
San Benito County Public Health Department

351 Tres Pinos Road, suite A-202,  Hollister, CA 95023

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays​

Emergency Preparedness for General Population

Could you survive on your own for a few days, if your community experienced an emergency or disaster? Each family should make preparations now, for immediate or potential situations that threaten life, property or the environment.

Follow these three basic steps and be prepared:

1.  Build A Kit

  • Assemble enough emergency supplies for at least 3 days.
  • Include pet supplies, medicines, diapers and infant formula, if needed.
  • Don’t forget your ID along with other important papers.
  • Use easy-to-carry bags or bins.
  • Consider a second kit for the car.

Learn more about how to build an emergency preparedness kit

2.  Make a plan

  • Pick a friend to call, if you get separated from family.
  • Know where to meet.
  • Make a list of important information.
  • Talk with your family.
  • Practice your plan.
  • Read more about school and workplace emergency plans.

Learn more about how to make an emergency preparedness plan.​

3.  Be Informed

  • Listen to your local news stations and have a battery-operated radio on hand.
  • Make every effort to follow instructions from emergency officials.

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


Public Health Division

351 Tres Pinos Road
Suite A-202
Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 637-5367

Fax (831) 637-9073

TDD/TTY (831) 636-0385

Toll-free (800) 756-0385


Mon-Fri  8AM – 5PM

Deputy Director

Lynn Mello
Director of Nursing
Public Health Administrator

Health Officer

David Ghilarducci, MD, FACEP
Interim Health Officer

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