Emergency Preparedness

El Nino Preparedness

  1. If you encounter a “Road Closed” sign “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”
  2. Don’t drive or walk through running water
  3. If you’ve seen water there in the past, it will be there again
  4. Be prepared to Day 1 – We will be there, but we can’t be everywhere at once
  5. Keep your gas tank full – half a tank is an empty tank
  6. Kern County is always working to be prepared but can’t see the future – rain falls where it will
  7. Find locations for relief
  8. Monitor the Kern County Roads Department, Caltrans, and CHP website for open and closed roads
  9. Be prepared so you can evacuate if asked (see Disaster Kit links below)
  10. It’s not just water, it’s boulders and trees in the water


Useful Links:

Disaster Preparedness Tips

Essentials to Disaster Preparedness:

  • Be Informed – Know your local hazards or when traveling research hazards you may encounter while you travel and when you arrive at your destination.
  • Make a Plan – Based on the information you learn from your research above, develop a plan to use if you encounter a disaster
  • Get or Build a Kit – Based on the identified hazards and plan build a disaster kit conducive to your home, travel, or destination.

Build a Disaster Kit

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

The purpose of the Kern County Emergency Preparedness Program is to ensure Kern County Public Health, the County’s first responders and health care systems are prepared to respond to public health emergencies in an effective and coordinated manner.

The Kern County Emergency Preparedness (EP) Program resides within the Public Health Department and is under the direction of the Emergency Medical Services Director.

Incidents that would involve Public Health include:

  • Natural disasters
  • Technological disasters
  • Bioterrorism incidents
  • Other acts of terrorism, including chemical and radiological
  • Pandemic Flu


Local Healthcare Coalition

To help our County respond and recover quickly from emergencies, the Kern County Department of Public Health Services Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) invites healthcare entities to join in planning for disasters.  Two ways to do this include:  1) signing a Partner Participation Agreement (PPA) and 2) joining the local Healthcare Coalition’s Disaster Medical Planning Group (DMPG)

For more information on partnering with Public Health Emergency Preparedness, please contact:

Vince Pierucci at (661) 868-5218.

Partner Participation Agreement (PPA)

The PPA creates a framework for timely support and information sharing among healthcare entities in planning for emergencies.

Information Sheet along with the signed copy of the PPA

Disaster Medical Planning Group (DMPG)

  • Meeting Schedule
  • Meeting Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes

Kern Medical Reserve Corp (KRMC)

  • Training Announcements
  • Join