Emergency Preparedness

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  • 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 the flu pandemic.
  • View the Emergency Preparedness Brochure (PDF)

In addition to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program, Butte County Public Health implements the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). HPP was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2002 to enhance the ability of hospitals and healthcare 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 (PDF) provides information and ideas to help prepare your home, your workplace, and your community for a 72-hour period.

  • View the Emergency Evacuation Checklist (PDF).
  • View the Access and Functional Needs Resource Directory (PDF): Butte and Glenn Counties have partnered to create an Access and Functional Needs Resource Directory. The directory serves as a single document where contact information can be found for local agencies that provide support to community members with access and functional needs. The directory has been expanded to include many emergency-related and mental health resources as well. The directory is updated annually.


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.

Visit the Volunteer page for more information.


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 disasters.

Visit the Animals page for more information.

Emergency Preparedness Partners

To better prepare as a community, Public Health has resources available to share with our emergency preparedness partners.

Visit the Emergency Preparedness Partners page for more information.