Works toward a prepared and resilient community through planning, drills and exercises under the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP).  Responds to existing and emerging public health threats. Oversees the Genesee Orleans VALOR Medical Reserve Corps.

Download the local health department mobile apps for more up-to-date information – Orleans Aware and Ready Genesee. 

The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property.  Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive following a disaster in the event they must rely on their own resources.

ICE & Additional Emergency Resources

GO Health encourages residents in Genesee and Orleans Counties to store the word ICE in their mobile phone address books and enter the number of the person to contact in case of an emergency.  The ICE acronym allows emergency officials to quickly access the right names from a cell phone’s address book.  It can save valuable time, since many people identify family members only by name in their cell phone, making them indistinguishable from other entries.

Follow these hints to get the best your of ICE:

  • Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ICE partner.
  • Make sure your ICE partner has a list of people they should contact on your behalf – including your place of work.
  • Make sure your ICE person’s number is one that is easy to contact, for example, a home number could be useless in an emergency if the person outside the home full time.
  • Make sure your ICE partner knows about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment – for example allergies or current medication(s).
  • Make sure if you are under 18, your ICE partner is a parent or legal guardian authorized to make a decision on your behalf – for example, if you need a life or death operation.
  • Should your preferred contact be deaf, then prefix the number with ICETEXT.
  • For more than one contact name, type ICE1, ICE2, ICE3, and so on.

David Bell

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coordinator 

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