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Public Health Division

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

City of Berkeley Public Health Division
1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
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510-981-5300 (Phone)   510-981-5395 (Fax)   510-981-6903 (TDD)

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

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Our Focus

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program within the Health, Housing & Community Services (HHCS) department is responsible for planning all-hazard emergencies that may impact the health of our community. PHEP convenes many stakeholder groups throughout the city to plan, drill and exercise specific coordinated responses.

How We Do It

The City of Berkeley Public Health provides trainings, drills, exercises and informational materials to ensure that Berkeley residents are prepared and can respond to natural and man-made disasters. We create guides, plans and templates for healthcare providers and community-based organizations (CBOs) to coordinate public health emergency preparedness efforts.

Our Partners

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


Suzanne Ridel, MSW/MPH, PHEP Unit Manager

Amber Davis, MPH, PHEP Program Manager

Amy Laufenberg, RN, BSN, MS, PHEP Nurse/Immunization Coordinator

Rachel Rodriguez, Community Preparedness and Engagement Coordinator


Content Shortcuts:

 Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning Resources   

 Community Preparedness and Engagement Program (CPEP)   

 HHCS Department Operation Center (DOC)   

 Medical/Health Response Forms 


Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning Resources 

Being prepared for any emergency will help reduce the burden on our healthcare system when a disaster strikes. Please see the general preparedness tips and tools from our partners to help you, your family, and your community get and stay prepared in an emergency.  This information and trainings are designed to assist organizations in preparing and planning for emergencies. Opportunities to practice emergency preparedness and planning skills are also identified.

Healthcare Partners and Resource List

Information on Disaster Preparedness Topics:


Community Preparedness and Engagement Program (CPEP)  

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CPEP facilitates community preparedness outreach events and educational workshops to build disaster preparedness readiness among residents within their existing community groups. Educational workshops for community- based organizations, neighborhood groups and businesses can be scheduled with CPEP staff by emailing

Workshops that are available:

  • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Wildfire Preparedness
  • Disaster First Aid and Psychological First Aid

CPEP Projects:

 Berkeley Ready

Community Resilience Centers (CRCs) program

Through Berkeley Ready, CPEP is partnering with City of Berkeley Office of Emergency Services on a two-year pilot initiative to give community organizations in the City of Berkeley the tools, resources, and training needed to serve as hubs for assistance and information during and following disasters.    

HHCS Department Operation Center (DOC)  

Department Operation Center (DOC) An emergency operations center specific to a single department or agency. The focus is on internal agency incident management and response. DOCs are usually linked to, and in most cases are physically represented within, the EOC through authorized representatives for the department or agency.

Contact info for HHCS DOC:

Phone:  (510) 981-5296         
Fax:      (510) 981-2309
Red Phone (analog phone): (510) 981- 2308


Medical/Health Response Forms

PH Response Forms: These forms are to be utilized in a Public Health Response by our healthcare partners (i.e.: Hospitals, Clinics, Skilled Nursing Facilities, etc.) to be sent to the City of Berkeley HHCS DOC to or printed and faxed to (510) 981-2309. 

This form should be used by facilities to request resources that are "medical" in nature. This includes medical supplies, pharmaceuticals (medications, vaccines, antidotes, etc.), medical personnel, decontamination supplies, surge supplies, etc.

This form is used by medical facilities to report situational status updates to City of Berkeley HHCS DOC given your facility activation, and level of functionality and facility damage.

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