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Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Brochure

Riverside County Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Branch (PHEPR) is a comprehensive network of public health professionals functioning to strengthen public health infrastructure in preparation for any natural or human made disaster. PHEPR is grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Preparedness and Response to all public health incidents. The Department of Homeland Security, State Homeland Security Program; Health Resources Services Administration; The Metropolitan Medical Response System; and the Cities Readiness Initiative also support activities and equipment.

Key focus areas include preparedness planning and readiness; surveillance and epidemiological capacity; laboratory capacity; communication s and information technology; risk communication and health information dissemination; and education and training.

Emergency Preparedness and Response staff includes a group of diverse and experienced professionals from several disciplines including Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Epidemiology, Disease Control, Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials, Public Health Laboratory Services, Health Statistics, Information Technology, Health Education, and many others.


Our mission is to decrease illness and injury by preparing for, responding to and recovering from a disaster or public health emergency by coordinating resources and response activities; collaborating with partners and stakeholders; and increasing the capacity and capabilities of the public health and medical community.


Our vision is to have a public health and medical community, including all partners and clients, that is trained, resourced and prepared to respond to and recover from an emergency.

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