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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.

Alabama ReadyOp Health Care Professional Volunteers

The Alabama ReadyOp Volunteer Response System, a partnership between The Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services and ADPH, is Alabama’s online system for managing public health and medical disaster volunteer responders. This system supports personnel who may be utilized during disasters, all-hazard response efforts, and public health activities. Learn more and register at Alabama ReadyOp.

Emergency Response for Individuals with Sensory Loss

The ADPH Office of Health Equity and Minority Health worked with the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind to develop training addressing special populations during public health emergencies. Learn more.

FEMA Public Assistance Grant for Hospitals

FEMA Public Assistance (PA) is a grant that offers supplemental financial assistance to state and local governments, and certain private not-for-profit organizations for response and recovery activities required as a result of a federally declared disaster, which in this case is COVID-19. Private not-for-profit hospitals can use the monies made available through PA to fund staffing contracts, per diem and travel costs related to the contract, and overtime for budgeted employees in hopes of relieving some of the burdens from the hospitals. This video presents a general outline of the program, potential applicants, categories of work, project development, and answers to common questions about the program. View the Emergency Protection Actions Application Checklist.

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: December 8, 2023