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Emergency Preparedness and Response

Building community resilience and disaster preparedness through education and action.

Our mission is to prepare El Dorado County to effectively respond to public health threats by focusing on public health emergency planning, disease surveillance, detection and control, health risk communication, and public and health provider education and training services. Learn more

What's New in Emergency Preparedness and Response

Wildfire season is here! 

El Dorado County Air Quality Management suggests taking the following precautionary measures when your area is being impacted by wildfire smoke:

  • Healthy people should delay strenuous exercise.

  • Children and elderly people should consider avoiding outdoor activities, particularly prolonged outdoor exertion.

  • People with health-related illnesses, particularly respiratory problems, should remain indoors.

  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible. Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. 

  • If you want a higher level of protection, consider a mask that is N-95 rated and fits well.  N-95 rated masks are designed to filter 95% of airborne particles.   

  • Keep airways moist by drinking lots of water. Breathing through a warm, wet washcloth can also help relieve dryness, however, the CA Department of Public Health recommends these masks.

  • The same particles in smoke that cause problems for people may cause some problems for animals. It is recommended that you limit the outdoor physical activity of your pets and working livestock, such as horses, in smoky conditions.

  • Wildlife may be confused or startled by smoky conditions. Please be cautious, as some animals may be moving about at unusual times of the day. 



Emergency Preparedness and Response
2900 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA 95667
Local Number:
(530) 621-7581
From El Dorado Hills:
(916) 358-3555 x7581
From South Lake Tahoe:
(530) 573-7955 x7581

MHOAC: (530) 377-3256

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