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Baltimore, MD 21209
Phone: 410.735.6450
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Johns Hopkins Disaster Planning and Response


CEPAR: Leading Johns Hopkins in Preparedness and Response

Schuelen Kelen

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. (right) and the executive director is Jim Scheulen, MBA (left).


The Role of the Academic Medical Center When Disaster Hits

When a disaster hits, what is CEPAR’s protocol for determining whether or not sending a response team is appropriate? Read this article for more details about how a decision is made and what is and isn’t always helpful following a disaster.


Johns Hopkins Medicine Receives Honor for Ebola Communications

Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications has earned special recognition in the category of Crisis Communications for its submission relating to Ebola virus disease communications. In January 2016, the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Institutional Advancement awarded the Marketing and Communications team with an honorable mention in the organization’s 2016 Awards for Excellence competition in the Special Projects, Programs or Campaigns, C. Communications/Public Relations category. According to a representative from organization, the more than 150-page entry “was deemed a fantastic example of a crisis communication plan by [AAMC’s] prior awards chair and [AAMC] judges on-site.”


What Would Johns Hopkins Do After a Mass Shooting or Other Mass Casualty Event?

Most of the victims following the Orlando mass shooting flooded one nearby medical center. How would Johns Hopkins react if faced with a similar situation? Gabor Kelen, M.D., director of CEPAR, weighs in on what Johns Hopkins would do in the aftermath of a mass shooting or mass casualty event.

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CEPAR’s Interim Zika Virus Travel Guidance

Zika virus is a major health concern worldwide. As such, the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response has convened with Johns Hopkins institutional leaders and subject matter experts to issue interim travel guidance for faculty, staff, students and trainees.

Representatives of academic centers who wish to view a sample of CEPAR’s Zika virus interim travel guidance may click here.

Other Zika virus resources:
View the Baltimore City Health Department City-wide Zika Prevention and Response Plan.


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 exercises.
  • Consulting on emergency preparedness and more.

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