Emergency Preparedness

Yates County Public Health (YPCH) plans for disasters such as disease outbreaks, isolation and quarantine incidents, and many more health-related emergencies. Our department also assists with natural disasters and man-made disasters by providing health information, health recommendations, and trained staff to assist emergency personnel with mitigating the situation.

YCPH encourages everyone to begin or continue a process of learning about potential threats so we are better prepared to react during an attack, natural disaster, or other emergencies. While there is no way to predict what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, there are simple things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones. Some of the things you can do to prepare for an emergency are based on three basic activities:

  • Be Informed
  • Make a Plan
  • Have a Kit

With a little planning, we all can be better prepared for the unexpected. Know where your family will meet if you have to evacuate your home. Have a communication plan in case cell towers are down. Have supplies ready by filling a bag with water bottles, non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, important documents, cash, medicines, and other items you may need to survive on your own. We recommend being prepared with these items to have enough for three days. Get ready now!

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
MRC logo Our Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are one of our biggest assets for maintaining trained personnel to assist during emergencies. Anyone can join! We have a variety of roles for medical and non-medical personnel. We utilize YOUR skills to place you in a role that will best assist our community. We also provide training to keep you up to date on emergency terminology, policies, and protocols so that you are safe and well-trained.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call Ryan Bailey at 315-536-5160 or email [email protected] 

Public Education and Training
Our Emergency Preparedness Coordinator is available to train your organization, business, or community center on how to be personally prepared. He has informational programs, games, and fun ways of preparing for disasters. If you are interested in training, please call Ryan Bailey at 315-536-5160 or email [email protected] 

Helpful Resources

(Last updated 6/14/2023)

  1. Sara Christensen, RN, BSN

    Deputy Director

  2. Public Health

    Physical Address
    417 Liberty Street
    Suite 2021
    Penn Yan, NY 14527

    Fax: 315-536-5146