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NYC has over 2600 pharmacies, each of which plays an essential role in planning and responding to a citywide public health emergency. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene partners with pharmacies to prepare for emergencies and help pharmacies stay open during and after a citywide public health emergency.

NYC DOHMH Pharmacy Preparedness Tools

5 Tips for Prescription Preparedness: Can be distributed by pharmacies to encourage patients to be prepared.

Generator Information for Pharmacies: Guidelines to help pharmacies prepare for a power outage.

Federal Emergency Resources

The following are resources to help inform pharmacies of legal protection if they decide to dispense countermeasures, information on the use a certain drug for mass distribution after an emergency and a description of a program to provide medication and durable goods for clients who have no insurance during an emergency.

Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act: Federal law that provides liability immunity to individuals, such as pharmacists, and organizations involved in the development, manufacture, distribution, administration and use of countermeasures against pandemics, epidemics and diseases and health threats caused by chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear agents.

Doxycycline Mass Dispensing Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Information: Information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowing emergency use of doxycycline products for post-exposure prophylaxis of inhalation anthrax.

Federal Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP): EPAP helps provide prescription drugs and limited durable medical equipment to those individuals affected by a disaster of national significance with no other health insurance.

New York City Resources

NYC resources that pharmacies can utilize to improve their power resiliency.

NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR): Read how New York City is rebuilding and increasing its resiliency after Hurricane Sandy, including pharmacies.

NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM): The Partners in Preparedness program offered by NYC OEM helps businesses, such as pharmacies, prepare for and recover from emergencies.

NYC Department of Buildings: Information for property owners regarding emergency repairs, tips, etc. and rebuilding after Sandy.

NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP): Rules for registering emergency generators

NYC Department of Transportation: Information on gasoline restrictions and the water permit process for mobile pharmacies.

Additional Resources

Big Apple Rx: NYC’s official money-saving prescription discount card program.

NYC Pharmacists Society: An affiliate of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, unites pharmacists of New York City to inform them on the latest news regarding drugs, updates from the NYS Board of Pharmacy, NYS DOH and the Legislature.

Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY): PSSNY is largest pharmacy association in NYS. The aim of PSSNY unit the pharmacists of the State for mutual assistance, encouragement and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practices at a high professional and ethical level.

Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC)

NYS Medicaid Pharmacy Program: Provides FDA approved prescription and non-prescription drugs for Medicaid fee-for-service enrollees.

Rx Response: Partnership of the private sector bio-pharmaceutical supply chain that helps ensure the continued flow of medicine during severe public health emergencies. Oonline resource to help local health departments and pharmacists work together for emergency preparedness by providing informative topics, tips and resources.

Disaster Mental Health

Learn how to cope with stressful and traumatic events. The stress from unexpected emergencies can be overwhelming, but if we are mentally and emotionally prepared, we can manage better. Learn more to understand what you can do to cope with disasters and other stressful and traumatic events.