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Johns Hopkins University
5801 Smith Avenue
Davis Building ยท Suite 3220
Baltimore, MD 21209
Phone: 410.735.6450
Fax: 410.735.6440
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Johns Hopkins Disaster Planning and Response


CEPAR Drafting National "Active Shooter' Guidance for Hospitals and Medical Campuses

A panel of national experts convened by CEPAR at its April 11 symposium on active shooter incidents in hospitals and medical campus settings is working on national guidance to address the ethical and moral issues that healthcare workers may face with patients in such situations. CEPAR expects to issue the guidance this fall.

The panel is comprised of experts in the fields of medicine, law, hospital security and law enforcement.
Many on the panel were featured as presenters at the booked-out April 11 symposium in Baltimore.


CEPAR Tracking Ebola Outbreak

CEPAR and its experts have developed a quick fact sheet and guidance for clinical staff and Johns Hopkins Medicine International to help screen for Ebola.


CEPAR and Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease Experts Issue Guidance on MERS-CoV

MERS-CoV - Image Courtesy CDC

MERS Travel Guidance Developed by CEPAR

CEPAR and Johns Hopkins infectious disease experts have stepped up monitoring of Middle East Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Also, CEPAR has also moved into the Transitional Phase of the Pandemic Influenza Plan to implement actions that serve to mitigate any effect MERS may have on Johns Hopkins insitutions.

Since May 2, public health officials have announced two confirmed MERS cases in the United States.
As a result, CEPAR continues to advise travelers to take precautions to prevent the spread of MERS.

CEPAR and its experts have developed MERS-related travel guidance for Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students.
We urge you to print and take the document with you as you travel and share it with others.

CEPAR has also developed clinical and other guidance related to MERS for Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students, and will update this guidance as new information develops.

Questions regarding any MERS guidance may be directed to CEPAR by calling: 410-735-6450.

The CDC has information available to the public regarding MERS, incluidng an update list of affected countries.

Visit the CDC web site for more information.


CEPAR: Leading Johns Hopkins in Preparedness and Response

Overseeing Institution-wide Planning and Response for Disasters and Public Health Threats

CEPAR oversees enterprise-wide planning and response to disasters or other emergencies that may effect the entire Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins University systems. The CEPAR director is Gabe Kelen, M.D. (above right) and the executive director is Jim Scheulen, MBA (above left).


CEPAR's Research Arm: PACER

The Johns Hopkins National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Critical Event Response is CEPAR's research arm. PACER is engaged in research projects which will improve national security and response to major disasters. Among its projects, PACER has developed disaster planning and flu forecasting apps. The web-based apps are free on the PACER web site.

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Disaster Preparedness Training and Expertise

CEPAR has expertise available for:

  • Disaster training and response.
  • Organizing table-top excercises.
  • Consulting on emergency preparedeness and more.

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