Emergency Prep & Response

The Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Program prepares for, responds to, and researches chemical, biological, radiological and natural disasters. 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)

Prepare Now. Learn How.

Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks ⬆

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

Contact Numbers ⬆

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

Be Informed ⬆

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

Sign Up For Alerts ⬆

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

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.

Top 10 Essentials ⬆

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?

Emergency Checklist

One of our COVID-19 drive through vaccine sites in 2021.
Volunteer - MRC/CART

How Can You Help Your Community? ⬆

Essex County (Medical Reserve Corps) 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 County, however we may be activated regionally if requested.

NYSDOH Required Activities as a Local Health Department

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:

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.