Building NYC’s capacity to PREPARE for, RESPOND to, and
RECOVER from emergencies with public health implications.
Public Health Emergencies
A public health emergency is defined as "an occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition, caused by bio terrorism, epidemic or pandemic disease, or (a) novel and highly fatal infectious agent or biological toxin, that poses a substantial risk of a significant number of human facilities or incidents or permanent or long-term disability (WHO/DCD, 2001).
Strengthening NYC Communities
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene partners with local and national organizations to build communities that can withstand and recover from public health emergencies, such as an influenza pandemic or a terrorist attack. The Health Department aims to foster mutually beneficial relationships with diverse community sectors to strengthen the city’s preparedness and improve response capacity for public
What can you do Before, During and After an Emergency?
What can the Health Department provide community partners to improve community preparedness?
What can partners do to prepare for public health emergencies?
How does the Health Department engage community partners?
- The Health Department works with community partners to plan for and protect vulnerable populations, involving community stakeholders through the Community Resilience Planning Committee (CRPC), a collaboration of nonprofit and for-profit organizations representing various community and population sectors of NYC.
Where can partners get more information now and in the future?
What can the Health Department provide to community Partners during a public health emergency?
- During a public health emergency, the Health Department will provide accurate and timely information and updates, delivered through a variety of communication channels including traditional media, e-mail notifications, conference calls, and social media.
What can community partners do during a public health emergency?
- Partners should stay tuned to available media sources for official information to keep informed.
- Continuing community services or resuming as soon as possible is a critical factor for community resilience
- Our partners know how to reach their communities most effectively, whether that is by:
or by other methods that are familiar to their community.
- making announcements at social gatherings,
- posting signs,
- distributing flyers,
- issuing alerts,
How can the Health Department and community partners work together to help NYC communities recover?
- Partner organizations can reach out to inform the Health Department's response to the special needs of their communities.
- We will help our partners get in touch with other government and non-government organizations working on community recovery.
- The Health Department and community partners can continue providing information to help community members get recovery services.
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Last Updated: July 12, 2013