Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Butte County Public Health Department has the overall responsibility for protecting the public’s health in an emergency. After the events of September 11, 2001 the United States Government, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), decided it was important for state and local health agencies to have adequate methods to prepare for disasters and emergencies. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program was created to address these needs. Some of the major responsibilities of PHEP are:

  • Training the Public Health Department’s employees to respond to emergencies. 
  • Coordinating and processing requests for health and medical mutual aid resources during emergencies. 
  • Training and conducting exercises with local and statewide partners to improve emergency response capabilities.
  • Providing community education about emerging public health threats such as a flu pandemic.    

In addition to the PHEP program, the Butte County Public Health Department implements the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2002 to enhance the ability of hospitals and health care systems to prepare for and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.

In Butte County, HPP is comprised of representatives from hospitals, ambulance providers, clinics, skilled nursing facilities and other medical providers. This funding is used to support programs to help strengthen public health emergency preparedness through planning, training, resource allocation, and exercises.

Personal Preparedness

In a major disaster, it might be several days for help to arrive or before vital services are restored. Do you have what it takes to survive for 72 hours in a disaster? The 72-Hour Plan provides information and ideas to help prepare your home, your workplace, and community for a 72-hour period.

View the Emergency Evacuation Checklist.


If disaster strikes our county, you can make a difference by being part of the disaster response team. Local medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to form a Butte County response unit.  Serving Butte communities during a disaster and helping your neighbors can be an exciting and rewarding experience.


In an emergency, make sure you don't forget your pets.  If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster.

Find a Clinic  License a Dog  Food Inspection Reports

Register a Birth or Death  Get a Travel Shot  Frequently Asked Questions about STDs

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Butte County Public Health Emergency Response
Phone: 530.538.7581
Fax: 530.538.7994

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Butte County Public Health Emergency Response
82 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Except Holidays

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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Report a Health Emergency
24-Hour Line: 530.538.7581

Cathy A. Raevsky, Director
Andy Miller, M.D., Health Officer
Public Health Leadership Team