Center for Emergency Preparedness

The Center for Emergency Preparedness (CEP) coordinates Alabama's health, medical, and social services in the event of public health threats and emergencies. Under the state Emergency Operations Plan, Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 includes all medical aspects of an emergency response.

ADPH is the lead agency in ESF 8 and the support agency for healthcare organizations that provide direct patient care in an emergency response. Each of the 8 public health districts has an Emergency Preparedness team devoted to preparedness planning. Team members include some combination of the following roles:

  • Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • Disease Intervention Director
  • Senior Environmentalist
  • Surveillance Nurse
  • Administrative Support Assistant
  • Social Worker

Emergency planning is an ongoing process. Find the latest information and tools available to aid preparedness efforts below. To view a comprehensive list of preparedness related topics, visit the Preparedness A-Z page.

Reporting Emergencies After Hours

To report a public health emergency after normal business hours, weekends or holidays, contact the ADPH Center for Emergency Preparedness (CEP) at 1-866-264-4073.


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Page last updated: April 8, 2020