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Divisions of Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

The Division of Emergency Operations (DEO)

Coordinates CDC’s preparedness, assessment, response, recovery, and evaluation prior to and during public health emergencies. The CDC Emergency Operations Center is staffed around the clock, and provides worldwide situational awareness public health emergencies.

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The Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR)

Manages the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement, which supports preparedness nationwide in state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments. The cooperative agreement currently funds 62 awardees including all 50 states, eight U.S. territories and freely associated states, and four localities.

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The Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT)

Oversees the Federal Select Agent Program, which regulates all entities that possess, use, and/or transfer biological agents or toxins that could pose a severe threat to public health and safety. Ensures compliance with select agent regulations by providing guidance to registered entities and conducting evaluations and inspections.

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