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)
Extreme Weather Campaign
Windy weather and dust storms can affect our health and safety. When winds are sustained at 40mph damage is possible. During strong thunderstorms wind speeds can exceed 100MPH. High winds can blow objects around and pose a significant threat to your safety.
Follow these tips to stay safe during the windy months ahead.
PREPARE FOR THE WIND
- Listen to weather alerts. Sign up for reverse notification systems or follow the National Weather Service on social media.
- Plan your day accordingly to avoid times when strong winds are expected.
- People who are at risk should take special precautions: infants, elderly, and people with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or other respiratory diseases.
- Pick up around your yard, check the trees on your property, and inspect your roof for weakness.
- Reinforce windows, doors, and your garage door.
- Prepare an emergency kit. For a complete list of items that you should have in your kit visit, http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/
DURING A WIND OR DUST STORM
- Take Shelter: Go inside a sturdy building and move to an interior room or basement.
- If Driving: Anticipate gust, keep a distance from larger vehicles, and hold the steering wheel with both hands. If the wind becomes severe, move off the road, and take shelter in your car away from trees and power lines. Remember to set the emergency brake and keep your seatbelt on.
- In a Dust Storm: Get indoors, and close all windows and turn off AC units.
AFTER A WIND OR DUST STORM
- Power Outages: Strong winds can interrupt power and communication systems. Do not go near down powered lines and report any downed power lines to the police. For a list of possible power outages in your area visit: https://www.epelectric.com/about-el-paso-electric/power-outages
- Keep Updated: Listen to local news for updates.
- Be Careful: Remember to be careful when handling debris that may have blown into your yard.
PROTECT YOUR BODY FROM THE WIND
- Hydrate: Keep your fluid intake high to ensure your skin is prepared from the inside out.
- Moisturize: Skin can benefit from additional moisture in windy conditions. Remember to use oil based creams and lip balm during the windy season.
- Bundle Up: Winds are damaging to skin, so keep out of the elements as much as possible. While outdoors, wear gloves, hats, and other warm clothing. If you are going to be outside for extended periods of time, consider the use of a ski mask.
Helpful Websites for Extreme Weather
- Weather.gov on Your Mobile Phone - Take the weather with you on your mobile phone!
- Weather.gov - Local Weather Current Conditions - Bookmark this page to have the latest weather news.
- El Paso Electric - Check area for power outages
- National Weather Service
- TTUHSC National Wind Institute
Emergency Preparedness Resources
- Texas Prepares - Ready or Not? Have A Plan
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- 2-1-1 (Dial: 2-1-1 or toll free 1-877-541-7905)
- State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry
(Voluntary registry for people who need assistance for evacuation in the case of an emergency.)
- 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
El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force (EWTF)
The EWTF provides free fans to qualified individuals. In addition, the task force provides education for the community about the necessary steps to be prepared and protected from the effects of severe weather. EWTF encourages the “Buddy System” through the community to check on their neighbors and elderly family members. Call 2-1-1 to request or donate a fan.
City of El Paso Department of Public Health
Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program
5115 El Paso Dr.
El Paso, TX 79905
Hours of Operation Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Health Emergency Preparedness Program
5115 El Paso Drive
El Paso, Texas 79905
Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.