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The Public Health Division's Health Security, Preparedness and Response program strives to provide the best preparedness resources to health departments, Tribes and health care systems across the state. 

Need something you can't find here? Contact the Health Security, Preparedness and Response program.

Key topics

Health Alert Network/HOSCAP

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Tools

Medical Surge and Crisis Care Guidance

Medical Countermeasures (MCM), including Point of Dispensing (POD) resources

Medical Distribution During an Emergency ​

Pharmacy-Local Public Health Authority Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

National Health Security Preparedness Index

Public Health Law in Emergencies

Influenza guidance for hospitals (As of January 2017)
Hospitals and medical providers in Oregon are encountering a high number of patients seeking medical care due to flu symptoms and an increase in bed capacity. 
  • Use this checklist as a guide for hospitals and health care facilities to prepare for, and respond to medical surge. Hospital Checklist (PDF)​.
  • Hospitals are seeking guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) related to surge capacity, variances, and EMS requirements. This document was developed to explain regulatory limitations and to outline potentially useful options as they respond to the current situation. Hospital Medical Surge FAQ (PDF).
  • Patient admissions and transfers during periods of widespread influenza activity can create unusually high demand for emergency and inpatient services. Oregon Facility Transfer Guidance (PDF).
Regional Hospital Visitation Policy Recommendation (PDF)​

Regional Hospital Mask Use Policy Recommendation (PDF)

EMTALA reqirements during a disaster (PDF)

New CMS Preparedness Rules Resources (As of January 2017)

The Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers regulation is 651 pages. The beginning is essentially the responses to suggestions and inquiries that were captured during the public comment period. The middle section details estimated costs associated with implementing the rule within provider sectors. The last 50 pages is dedicated to the breakdown of the individual rule requirements for each provider type. Find your provider type and read the requirements carefully. The core elements are essentially the same but there is distinction regarding conducting testing and some variance in infrastructure mitigation and preparation. 

The following links serve as a good starting point for documentation review:

The following links serve as a good starting point when initiating preparedness assessments:

The following links serve as a good starting point for emergency planning:

The following links serve as a good starting point for training resources:

The following links serve as a good starting point for researching testing and exercising:


Public Health Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (PDF) OHA 8584 PH Hazard Vulnerability.pdf

Oregon Public Health Emergency Preparedness Strategic Work Plan (PDF) OHA 8584 PH Hazard Vulnerability.pdf

Oregon Office of Emergency Management Training Calendar

Ready to Respond Newsletters

SERV-OR Newsletters

      Event Archives 

​ECHO Preparedness Summit
October 2015

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials (CLHO), Preparedness Committee

Portland Oregon Cities Readiness Initiative: Preparing Together Discussion Guide and Toolkit