Sacramento County Public Health has overall responsibility for protecting the public's health in an emergency.  In order to protect your health, we have developed comprehensive emergency response plans in coordination with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private health care providers and the American Red Cross.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness works to:

  • prepare and plan for public health emergencies with community partners and agencies with whom we respond
  • coordinate with epidemiology regarding surveillance of disease within the county to ensure early detection of outbreaks
  • plan for social distancing measures such as isolation, quarantine, and the closing of venues to decrease the spread of disease
  • plan for dissemination of health information during public health emergencies to ensure residents and visitors have the most accurate and updated information
  • plan for mass countermeasure dispensing/vaccination to residents and visitors in the event of an emergency where medications/vaccines are available
  • exercise with community partners and agencies to ensure a timely and well-coordinated response


The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is a federally-funded initiative that enhances the ability of Sacramento County's health care system to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, whether naturally occurring or man-made. 
Across the United States and around the world, communities are planning for the next pandemic of influenza.  This page offers information on pandemic influenza, what can be done to prepare for the next pandemic and other resources that may be helpful for those involved in planning.
The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a federally-funded effort to prepare major US cities and metropolitan areas, including Sacramento County, to effectively respond to a large scale bioterrorist event by requesting, receiving, and distributing antibiotics and other life-saving medical supplies to their entire population within 48 hours of the decision to do so.  CRI builds on a pre-existing program that provides for the availability, distribution, and dispensing of medical countermeasures from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).   


We encourage residents to be prepared in the event of any emergency.  In a major disaster, basic services and supplies we all count on everyday may not be available.  Drinking water may be contaminated.  The shelves at grocery stores could be empty.  Usual means of public transportation may be disrupted.  And our homes may be without power for days and perhaps weeks.  Given the possibilities, it is critical to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Below are some resources to help you and your family get ready for a disaster:

American Red Cross - Capital Region Chapter

Be Aware, Be Prepared, Be Storm Ready?
acramento specific information and resources on preparing for storms


If you would like to learn how to get more involved in your community and train how to become a disaster volunteer, click on the programs below to learn more:

American Red Cross Volunteers

Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps

Sacramento Fire Community Emergency Response Team

Elk Grove/Galt Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Disaster Healthcare Volunteers

Hands On Sacramento
Hands On Sacramento is the region's full-service volunteer action center and a committed advocate for innovative social change.


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