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About the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program     

  • PHEP ensures health and safety of the El Paso community through:
  • Developing collaborative partnerships with federal, state and local government officials, hospitals, community-based organizations and volunteers.
  • Developing plans and providing training to partners and stakeholders.
  • Conducting drills and exercises of those plans.
  • Performing surveillance and investigation of specific communicable/infectious diseases and other public health threats or emergencies.

PHEP Key Components:

  • Public health response and support
  • Epidemiological surveillance and investigation
  • Rapid notifications and alerts
  • Mass prophylaxis and vaccination
  • Drills and exercises
  • Internal and external training 
  • Community Education - Click here to request a presentation about various public health topics on the Speakers Bureau page.   

Potential local public health threats include:

  • Communicable disease outbreak (hepatitis A, measles, H1N1 influenza, West Nile virus, etc.)
  • Natural disasters (winter storms, extreme heat, floods, and high winds)
  • Bioterrorism incidents (anthrax, plague, smallpox)
  • Radiological disasters (bombs or power plants accidents)


Emergency Preparedness Resources


Non-Emergency Helpful Numbers

• El Paso Police Department 915-832-4400
• El Paso Fire Department 915-832-4432
• El Paso County Sheriff's Office 915-546-2280
• Animal Services Department 915-842-1000
• 24/7 Diseases Reporting 915-212-6520
• American Red Cross 915-592-0208
• Paso Del Norte Food Bank 915-544-5592
• Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222





City of El Paso Department of Public Health
Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program
5115 El Paso Dr.
El Paso, TX  79905
Phone: 915-212-6524
Fax: 915-212-6520

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday,
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Closed Fridays


The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) enhances the capacity of the Department of Public Health to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters.