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. (right) and the executive director is Jim Scheulen, MBA (left).
Essential Current Information
Hopkins on Alert Publications
Johns Hopkins CEPAR develops a quarterly newsletter highlighting news and information relating to emergency preparedness and CEPAR.
Read the latest Hopkins on Alert articles.
Winter Storm Preparedness
Winter is here, bringing along the potential for severe and dangerous weather conditions, like winter storms and blizzards. Winter storms can consist of extreme cold, heavy snowfall, sleet or ice. Blizzards can include large amounts of falling or blowing snow, winds of 35 miles an hour or more, and poor visibility. Severe winter storms can lead to the shutdown of schools, businesses and transportation; destruction of agriculture; frozen pipes; and power outages. There are several steps you can take to prepare for winter storms, including stocking an emergency supply kit with items such as snow shovels, rock salt and flashlights. Click here for more helpful tips. Also, when the temperature drops, know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia, and what to do if they occur.
For additional resources, please visit the following websites:
The flu vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent the flu, and experts recommend that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year. All Johns Hopkins employees, trainees, postdocs, medical students and faculty members with a primary appointment in the school of medicine who have direct patient care or work in a hospital building or patient care area are required to get an annual flu vaccination.
This season, however, there is an important change to the Johns Hopkins Medicine flu vaccination program: Johns Hopkins providers and physicians will not offer the live attenuated virus nasal spray vaccine to employees or patients at our vaccination clinics, outpatient pharmacies, hospitals or outpatient facilities. This decision is based on a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used this season because of its low effectiveness in the past two flu seasons.
View information on Johns Hopkins’ flu campaign.
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:
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.