Office of Public Health Preparedness

 111 Westfall Rd., Rochester, NY 14620
 Fax: 585 753-5131

 Phone: 585 753-5129
 [email protected]

Picture of Mike Sayers
Mike Sayers
Program Manager


The Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) coordinates the Department’s preparation and response to a large-scale public health emergency and smaller-scale communicable disease events in order to protect the health and safety of residents in Monroe County.

Examples of a large-scale public health emergency may include the following:​

  • Communicable disease outbreak (hepatitis A, measles, H1N1 influenza)
  • Natural disaster (severe weather resulting in power outages)
  • Bioterrorism incident (anthrax, plague, smallpox)
  • Radiological disaster (dirty bomb, nuclear power plant accident)​

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.

We utilize the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program planning cycle to plan, design, execute, evaluate, and improve emergency plans.

Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)

The federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency. Monroe County is prepared to receive, process, and distribute medication, supplies, and equipment  throughout the county.

POD Exercise Video

Monroe County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

Volunteers Building Strong, Healthy and Prepared Communities

During a large-scale public health emergency, such as an influenza pandemic or an act of bio-terrorism, medical and non-medical volunteers would be urgently needed to assist local health officials with functions such as dispensing medications, vaccinating people, language translation, or other tasks as needed.

Personal Preparedness

There are many ways to prepare yourself for a disaster. Having an emergency plan, emergency kit, and extra supplies at home, work, and in your vehicle are great ways to stay prepared for a disaster.

Accessible Preparedness

Pandemic Influenza