A new coronavirus has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness called COVID-19, which was first identified in Wuhan, China. The virus is now a global pandemic and has been detected in millions of people around the world, including in the U.S. The Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, in collaboration with The Johns Hopkins University, the Johns Hopkins Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, and the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Emergency Management, has created system-wide guidance for faculty members, staff members and students. Read more.
COVID-19 Personal Preparedness
How can you keep you and your loved ones safe during the COVID-19 pandemic? View this personal preparedness checklist.
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 affect 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, M.B.A. (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.
Be Prepared for Cyberattacks
From tricking people into revealing personal information to shutting down entire computer systems, cybercriminals will do anything to get what they want. Attackers can steal identities, medical records and more, but, most often, they want money. It’s important to know the facts if you want to protect yourself against cyberattacks.
CEPAR’s Interim Zika Virus Travel Guidance
Zika is a viral disease spread by a certain types of mosquitoes. Zika can also be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn baby and through sexual transmission, a blood transfusion or laboratory exposure. The species of mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus exist in the southern region of the United States, including Maryland. Zika is usually asymptomatic or a mild illness that requires no specific treatment, but it can cause serious birth defects, such as microcephaly and other neurological conditions.
In 2016, Johns Hopkins CEPAR convened Johns Hopkins institutional leaders and subject matter experts to develop and 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.
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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.
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.