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Public Health Preparedness

The Niagara County Department of Health mission is to protect the community from any potential or actual event that threatens public health.  The Health Department aspires to perform any measures to protect the health security of all who live, work or visit Niagara County. 

The Division of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Preparedness is responsible for preparing Niagara County for the unexpected.  Trained staff provides the following :

  • Public Information and Risk Communication
  • Public health emergency response
  • Mass dispensing and medical countermeasures
  • Public health threat surveillance, detection, investigation, response and control
  • Building public health critical infrastructure
  • Building cross-sector partnerships 
  • Inter-agency/community collaboration and coordination
  • Cross-border and inter-jurisdictional planning
  • Education and training
  • Volunteer support management

The Division of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Preparedness manages a group of medical and non medical volunteers, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), that would be activated during a public health emergency. Volunteers are an essential part of the Emergency Preparedness plan.  The goal is to bring together the knowledge and skills of many different professionals to address and respond to public health crises. Volunteers would be mobilized during any event that would require additional staffing.  Examples of emergency events that would require volunteer staff are pandemic infectious diseases, large- scale foodborne or waterborne outbreaks or any large scale environmental or disease event that exceeds the surge capacities of our medical or health system.

The Niagara County Department of Health is continuously recruiting volunteers.  As part of the training process, volunteers participate in yearly drills and alerts.

Niagara County public health and medical partners routinely participate with their regional partners through monthly planning meetings, training opportunities, and an annual full-scale exercise.

The Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Preparedness Division is located at:

5467 Upper Mountain Road
Lockport, NY 14094-1894
Phone: (716) 439-7431 or 7436
Fax: (716) 439-7440

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