Public Health Department (PHD)


Public Health Emergency Preparedness News

 The Public Health Preparedness Program conveys practical information on disaster readiness and response to healthcare and long-term care providers in Santa Barbara County. In addition, the program assures development and provision to the public of appropriate risk communication regarding natural and bioterrorism events. The program trains its staff and coordinates with other county departments, agencies, and jurisdictions to assure that adequate plans are in place for an efficient response to protect the public from health hazards following emergencies or disasters. The program also provides training and conducts drills and exercises to develop a workforce able to manage the health effects of any emergency. 

On September 16, 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adopted final rule for Emergency Preparedness regulations effective November 16, 2016. 17 facility types will be affected by the new regulations which focus on 4 Core Elements of Emergency Preparedness: 

1. Annual Risk Assessment & Emergency Planning

2. Policies & Procedures

3. Communication Plan

4. Training & Testing

Please go to our webpage on the the New CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule to find resources and presentations from recent the trainings conducted by the PHD. Implementation date November 15, 2017. 

Emergency Preparedness Resources for Healthcare Partners 

Templates, forms, trainings and other resources



Upcoming Events: 
Final Exercise Meeting

November 6th - 9:00am-12:00pm- Public Health Department Auditorium, 300 N San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara 
Exercise Conference Calls- Call in information for the conference calls will be sent out prior to the call. This hour will be used to answer questions about the exercise, forms, documentation and full scale exercise ideas. 
  • October 26th 9-10 am
  • November 2nd 9-10am
  • November 9th 9-10 am 
Exercise: November 14-16th 
CAHAN alerts with scenario updates and instructions will be sent out on November 14 & 15th. The PHD DOC activated November 16th 8am-2pm. Healthcare partners will conduct exercises at their facility/agency from (approximately) 9am-12pm. 

Check the Calendar for scheduled monthly coalition meetings and upcoming trainings of the Disaster Healthcare Partners Coalition

Sign-up to receive emergency notifications

California Health Alert Networks (CAHAN)
Sign-up Here!

The California Health Alert Network (CAHAN) is the official public health alerting and notification program for California and allows for information sharing with and between federal, state, tribal and local partners across public health, environmental health, emergency medical services, healthcare, and emergency response. Santa Barbara County Public Health Department uses CAHAN to alert healthcare facilities in the county during emergencies. We ask that all healthcare facilities have at least two individuals signed up on CAHAN. If you have any questions about CAHAN please contact Stacey Rosenberger 

Santa Barbara County Emergency Notification System- Aware & Prepare  Sign-up Here! 

Please sign-up for this to  receive 
 emergency notifications via phone call, text messaging, email and more based on the location you care about. You can choose to receive notifications about events that may affect your home, workplace, school and more.This will alert you to flooding or road closures in your area. You can receive alerts for multiple facility locations.

Emergency Preparedness Program 300 San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110 Telphone: (805) 681-4913