Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers

Health centers play a critical role in providing continuity of care to support communities during and after natural or manmade emergencies that affect the United States or its territories. Emergencies also affect health centers.

If you have questions about FTCA coverage, contact the Health Center Program Support online or by phone: 877-464-4772 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Mondays through Fridays (except Federal holidays). For specific questions related to your health center grant or scope of project, please contact your project officer.

View HRSA's Emergency Preparedness & Continuity of Operations resources.

Connect with your Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC)

If you have an emergency/disaster incident medical or health resources request, contact your county’s MHOAC. The MHOAC fulfills responsibilities that include the coordination of disaster medical and health resources, to include health care personnel. The MHOAC may activate the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) Program to allow volunteer health care professionals to deploy and assist in disasters.

See a list of California MHOACs.

Regional Disaster Medical and Health Coordinator (RDMHC)

Your MHOAC may direct your request to the Regional Disaster Medical and Health Coordinator (RDMHC). The RDMHC supports mutual aid requests within the region and provides mutual aid support to the state medical response system. The RDMHC also serves as an information source to the state medical and health response system.

Find information about RDMHCs.

California Emergency Medical Services Authority

The California EMS Authority leads the development and implementation of EMS systems throughout California, sets EMS training standards, and coordinates & supports the state’s medical response to major emergencies.

California EMS Authority, 916-322-4336.

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Date Last Reviewed:  March 2019