Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resources

Health centers play an important role in delivering critical services and assisting with the local community response during any natural or manmade disaster that affects the United States or its territories. Health centers may also be directly impacted during such disasters.

Emergency Preparedness Resources

If you have questions about FTCA coverage, contact the BPHC Helpline online or by phone: 877-974-BPHC (2742) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays (except federal holidays). For specific questions related to your health center grant or scope of project, please contact your project officer.

Social Media Accounts

  • PHEGov – Twitter feed for public health emergency information on disaster health preparedness, response and recovery. Brought to you by HHS’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
  • CDCEmergency – Twitter feed for information from CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR).
  • USAGov and FEMA on Twitter for storm updates.

Spanish-Language Websites

Spanish-Language Social Media Accounts

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



Additional Resources

Date Last Reviewed: October 2017