Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program

The Public Health Preparedness Program goal is to prepare public health, medical and long term care providers in Santa Barbara County for emergencies and disasters. The program also works to assure development and provision of health alerts to providers and appropriate health related risk communication for public health emergencies. To achieve its goal of preparedness for disasters, the program develops plans, provides trainings, and coordinates county-wide disaster exercises with the Santa Barbara County Disaster Healthcare Coalition, cities, and the County Office of Emergency Management. We invite healthcare, long term care, and other agencies that support individuals with access and functional needs, to join the Disaster Healthcare Coalition.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Resources

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. 

Disaster Healthcare Coalition

Interested in joining the coalition or would like more information please contact Stacey Rosenberger 805-681-4912 or Check the  Calendar for scheduled monthly coalition meetings and upcoming trainings of the  Disaster Healthcare Partners Coalition 

Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) 


Power outages can occur for a variety of reasons including earthquake, winter storm, or Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). Putting together a power outage plan now can help protect your health and safety in the event of a power failure. Learn more about PSPS and how persons dependent on electricity for medical needs can prepare for a multi- day power outage. 



Sign-up to receive emergency notifications

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

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

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.