Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) is the capability of the local public health and health care systems, communities, and individuals, to prevent, protect against, quickly respond to, and recover from health emergencies, particularly those whose scale, timing, or unpredictability threatens to overwhelm routine capabilities. Preparedness involves a coordinated and continuous process of planning, exercising and implementation that relies on measuring performance and taking corrective action. These plans are important for your safety in both natural disasters and man-made disasters.

In an emergency, many systems you rely on may not function as well as they usually do. Familiar landmarks and usual travel routes you and your service animal know may be altered. Utilities like electricity, water, gas and phone service may be disrupted. You might need to temporarily evacuate to a shelter which may not be fully accessible for your needs. You need to plan for you, your family and your pets to be prepared for these situations. Below are some links where you can find information on making a family emergency plan and a To Go Bag.

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program is coordinated by:

Christine Bilynski

Christine Bilynski, RN BSN

(315) 946-5749

Public Education and Training

Our Emergency Preparedness Coordinator is available to train your organization or business on how to prepare for emergencies through plan development.
Trainings for community members and residents can also be conducted, using informational programs, games, and fun ways to plan ahead for disasters.
If you are interested in a training, please call 315-946-5749.
Learn More

Contact the program coordinator if you are interested in more information about this topic, such as educational materials, presentations, and resources.