Emergency Prep & Response

Prepare Now. Learn How.

Our Required Activities

A component of local health department responsibility to promote and protect the health of their residents is the planning for and responding to health emergencies.  Emergencies may be naturally occurring, accidents or deliberate acts.  Examples include:

✅ Communicable Disease Outbreak (such as pandemic flu, pertussis, Hep A, etc.)

✅ Natural Disaster (such as super storms or hurricanes)

✅ Bioterrorism Incident (such as anthrax or smallpox)

✅ Radiological Disaster (such as a dirty bomb or nuclear accident)


Our program ensures the:

  • maintenance of an All Hazards Preparedness and Response Plan;
  • readiness to provide medical countermeasures to the public;
  • training & education of staff and community partners;
  • participation & implementation of drills & exercises; and
  • response to actual public health emergencies and support of other emergencies as appropriate.

Our work is accomplished largely through partnerships with Government-local, state & federal; Hospitals; and Community Based Organizations.

Emergency Checklist – click image below or download to print here

Top 10 Essentials list

There are many items you should have in your emergency preparedness stockpile. The above checklist has much more detail. But which items are most essential?

Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

When it’s time to change your clocks because of daylight saving time, use it as a reminder to check your preparedness kit and replenish items.

Sign up for Alerts

Enroll in New York State's All-Hazards Alert & Notification System.

Contact Numbers

Make a plan with contact numbers of family, extended family, neighbors, and friends. Share this plan with all.

Don't forget your pets

Your pets are an important member of your family, so they need to be included in your family’s emergency plan.

Be Informed

Be informed of weather related and terrorist activities. Be prepared for weather and floods.

How Can you Help Your Community in an Emergency?
Consider joining Essex County Medical Reserve Corps

Essex County MRC is part of a national network of medical and non-medical volunteers.

MRC activities are categorized as:

Public Health Promotion

Community Outreach, Clinics, Education, etc. AND

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Training, Drills/Exercises; Real World Event Responses

We typically operate within Essex Count, however we may be activated regionally if requested.

One of our COVID-19 drive through vaccine sites in 2021.