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Although we have limited capacity to predict how natural or man-made disasters may impact life as you know it, YOU can start thinking about what might affect YOU, YOUR FAMILY and YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD and start planning, preparing and practicing ways to DEAL with them! 


The office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) coordinates the Health Department's preparation and response to a large-scale public health emergency in order to protect the health and safety of residents in Cattaraugus County.

Large-scale public health emergencies in Cattaraugus County include:

  • Natural disaster (severe weather (snow storm, wind storm, flooding, tornado resulting in power outages)
  • Communicable disease outbreak (hepatitis A, measles, H1N1 influenza)
  • Bioterrorism incident (anthrax, plague, smallpox)
  • Radiological disaster (dirty bomb, nuclear power plant accident, hazardous material spill)

We accomplish this by:

  • developing collaborative partnerships with federal, state and local government officials, hospitals community-based organizations and volunteers
  • developing plans and providing training
  • conducting drills and exercises of those plans
  • continually updating plans with all of our partners

One thing that we all can do to prepare for disasters is to make a plan, build a kit with essential items, and stay informed. We know that people who prepare before an emergency happens are able to keep their families safe and recover more quickly when disasters do occur.


Why its important to PLAN! Watch this video:

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 Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)

How will you get your medicine if the SNS is delivered to our area?

  • Local communities are prepared to receive SNS medicine and medical supplies from the state to provide to everyone in the community who needs them.
  • If such an emergency occurred, you would be informed how to get medicine to protect you and your family by watching TV, listening to the radio, reading the newspaper, checking this web site.


Are you interested in being a volunteer to help during emergencies?

During a large-scale public health emergency such as an influenza pandemic or an act of terrorism, medical and non-medical volunteers would be urgently needed to assist local health officials with various functions. A wide range of of licensed or certified health professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, mental health providers and others are needed. You can be be currently practicing, retired or in-training. Non-medical volunteers with skill sets including security, information technology, logistics and transportation will also be needed to support the health professionals. Training will be provided as necessary.

ServNY is a registry of health care and mental health professionals who wish to volunteer during an emergency or major disaster. Registering simply tells us that you are open to the idea of volunteering in case of an emergency. It does not guarantee that you will be called upon, nor does it mean that you must participate if called.

Please put your valued health skills to use in caring for your family and neighbors during an emergency by joining the Cattaraugus County Volunteer database.

Become a volunteer - register on ServNY


Contact us at 716-701-3419 for more questions.


Catt. County is an Accredited Health Department by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)