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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).


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.

Disaster Planning Apps Available

Researchers and scientists with CEPAR's research arm, the National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER) have developed a suite of applications to help hospitals, emergency departments, first responder organizations and disaster planners prepare for disasters and flu outbreaks.

Download the apps.

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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:

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is underway. Hurricanes can produce strong winds, heavy rain, high winds, storm surges and more. They can also cause major damage, injuries and even death. Here is some helpful information about hurricanes and a preparedness checklist.


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.