Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHPR) 

Jeffrey Leiendecker, Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator

Phone: 315-786-3730

Fax: 315-779-8607

Public health preparedness and response (PHPR) is a major priority for Jefferson County Public Health Service.  Public health preparedness means planning and putting in place plans and programs to respond quickly and effectively to threats endangering the health of the public and citizens of Jefferson County.  These threats include natural disasters, biological/chemical attacks, or emerging diseases such as H1N1 flu.

This planning effort also includes educating the citizens of Jefferson County about how to be prepared in the event of an emergency, and providing an opportunity for health professionals and citizens to serve as volunteers in our community during health-related emergencies.  This is accomplished primarily through Jefferson County being a member of the  Central New York Medical Reserve Corps (CNYMRC)  .  Visit the CNYMRC website for more information on how to become an active part in protecting our community.

JCPHS is working with its partners in Jefferson County and at the regional, State and Federal levels to assure the most effective response possible to health emergency threats in the North Country.

Because an important part of being prepared is having an informed and resilient community, this web page is focused on providing preparedness information for the community and for health providers.  A healthy and informed community is better prepared to respond to, and recover from any potential public health threat.  Do your part by becoming and staying both healthy and informed:

Sign Up for Alerts:

New York residents can subscribe for NY-Alert to receive critical information and emergency alerts on what is happening in their area. NY-Alert contains critical, emergency-related information including instructions and recommendations in real-time by emergency personnel. Information may include severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous material spills and other emergency conditions.  


Make a Plan at

Include all members of your household including pets and consider specific needs in your household.  Make sure everyone in your household knows the plan and the meeting place. 

Build a Kit:  

  • Preparedness Checklist  - a quick checklist to get the basics and your brain thinking about what you might need in times of an emergency.
  • Preparedness Stockpiles On A Budget  - information on how to build up a stockpile of family supplies over time and while on a budget.  Includes a calendar to help keep you on track.  When money is tight, adding extra items to your shopping list can be hard. However, with a bit of planning, there are lots of ways to build your emergency preparedness supplies on a budget.
  • Preparedness For Pet Owners  - some things to think about if you're a pet owner.  Don't forget your furry and feathered family members while making your family plan.


Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks Information 

Preparedness Information For Business Owners 

  • Preparedness Info/Checklists  - special edition of the magazine "  Absolute Advantage - The Workplace Wellness Magazine  " devoted to preparedness and planning at the worksite.

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