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Jason Winslow

Director, EMS and Public Health Emergency Preparedness


 360 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, New York 11980


FAX (631) 852-5028

Public Health Preparedness

The Bureau of Public Health Preparedness is responsible for developing plans for the public health response to man-made and natural health emergencies. Examples of such health emergencies include bioterrorist events and pandemic influenza. Medical surveillance for evidence of a bioterrorist event or communicable disease outbreak is conducted in coordination with the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control.

In the event of a public health emergency, risk communication messages will be developed by the Health Department and disseminated to the general public through various media channels and community organizations. These messages will include the potential risks from exposure, signs and symptoms people should be aware of, and steps the public can take to reduce their risks from the health emergency.

In some public health emergencies, it will be necessary to distribute medication or vaccine to people exposed to the health threat. For example, in the event of an anthrax attack, it will be necessary to dispense antibiotics to individuals who may have been exposed to the anthrax. Suffolk County may open one or more Point of Distribution (POD) clinic sites in order for people who may be at risk to receive medication after receiving the appropriate registration, education, and screening.

For useful links related to bioterrorism preparedness, please check the Bioterrorism Preparedness section below.

Bioterrorism Preparedness

In response to recent events, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services has developed federal, state, and local bioterrorism resources for residents and Health Care professionals. The following compilation includes information from New York City Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Information for the Public

Information for Health Care Professionals

Other Related Resources

Radiation Emergencies
II – Types of Radiation Emergencies

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  • Contaminating food/water with radioactive material
  • Spreading radioactive material into the environment – Dirty Bomb
  • Bombing or destroying a nuclear reactor - Exploding a nuclear weapon
  • Causing a truck/train carrying nuclear material to spill its load
  • Dirty Bombs - Nuclear Blast - Nuclear Reactor Accidents - Transportation Accidents
III – Radiation Health Effects and Treatments

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  • Acute Radiation Syndrome - Radiation and Pregnancy - Contamination and Exposure
  • Potassium Iodide (KI) - Prussian Blue - DTPA - Neupogen

Public Inquiries
To contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services during normal business hours, please call (631) 854-0333. In an emergency, after normal business hours and weekends, please call (631) 852-4820. The Department can also be contacted by email.



The Suffolk County Department of Health Services receives regular updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) concerning on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

There are currently no countries with widespread transmission of ebola.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola webpage at: CDC Ebola Webpage

You may also want to visit the World Health Organization Ebola webpage at:

World Health

What You Need to Know about Ebola

What You Need to Know
about Ebola-CDC

Additionally, local health care providers may call the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Division of Public Health for guidance on local protocols: 631-854-0333.

SC Interim Policy
Regarding Transportation
of Suspected
Ebola Patients for Treatment
CDC Ebola Virus Disease
Signs Symptoms Risk Factors
CDC Ebola Website CDC Questions
and Answers on Ebola
CDC Ebola Fact Sheet Facts about Ebola New York State
Department of Health
Ebola Information

Suffolk County Government

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100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

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County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901