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Public Health Preparedness

John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 9th Floor
421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone (315) 435-5251

The Onondaga County Health Department works within the overall community emergency preparedness structure led by the Onondaga County Department of Emergency Management. The objectives of Public Health Preparedness are to plan, prepare and respond to biological, chemical and radiological terrorism as well as any other threat to the public's health, natural or man-made.

The Public Health Preparedness unit works with local, state and federal partners to anticipate, manage and mitigate such threats. Onondaga County Health Department participates in training exercises that test the effectiveness of these plans and prepares staff to carry out their roles in an emergency.

Information is available to the general public on this website and in brochures designed to deliver information about hazards and how families and individuals can safely manage during disasters.

Information Relating to Public Health Preparedness
What You Should Know About Radiation Hazards
What You Should Know About Smallpox

"Be Prepared" Fact Sheets

Emergency Preparedness Advice for You and Your Family

Hazard-Specific Information

Heat Waves

How You Can Help Your Community

Power Outages

Thoughts on Terrorism

Winter Storms

County Emergency Preparedness Links
For more information regarding first response in Onondaga County, please use the links below:

Links to Other County Emergency Departments
Onondaga County Emergency Communications, 911
Onondaga County Emergency Management

Links to Onondaga County Hospitals
Community General Hospital
Crouse Hospital
St. Joseph’s Hospital
University Hospital
Syracuse VA Medical Center

Links to Other Government Public Health Emergency Sites
NYS Department of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
US Centers for Disease Control Emergency Preparedness and Response


Additional References and Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics: Children, Terrorism and Disasters
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Infectious Diseases Society of America
New York State Department of Health
The Red Cross
The White House

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