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Putnam County

Department of Health

A PHAB Accredited Health Department

The Putnam County Department of Health is made of several divisions all working towards improving and protecting the health of the entire community, through the lens of equity.

Community Health Assessment, Education & Planning

Assessments & Reports

Department of Health staff assess the health of Putnam County to develop and coordinate health promotion campaigns and programs tailored to the needs of the community. This includes planning for emergencies, creating linkages to care, analyzing health related data collected from the community, and providing timely and accurate information to residents. A variety of assessments are conducted to capture the full picture of the health in Putnam County.

Emergency Preparedness

The Putnam County Department of Health plays a vital role in emergency preparedness. Health department staff plan for a variety of public health emergencies and perform drills to refine the response. Planning is coordinated with wide-ranging community partners, all with an interest in keeping residents and organizations safe and healthy. Following a public health emergency or event, health department staff are called upon to participate in a coordinated response. Preparing for public health emergencies builds resiliency and helps to protect residents from disease outbreaks and other hazards due to contaminated food and water, chemical releases, natural disasters, unmet medical needs and biological events.

  • Make a Plan

    Be prepared by making a plan before an emergency:  

    1. Start by having a discussion with your family, friends, or household. Talk about how you plan to receive emergency alerts or warnings, your shelter plans, your evacuation route and your emergency kit. 
    2. Consider specific needs in your household. Tailor your plan to specific daily living needs of your family. Consider special needs, responsibilities, pets, children, disabilities, and languages spoken. 
    3. Write down your plan. A template can be found at 
    4. Practice your plan 
  • Build a kit

    Start your kit by gathering food, water, and other supplies to last several days. Your kit should be one or two easy to carry containers like plastic bins. Store your kit in a cool, dry place. Rethink your needs each year and make sure to replace expired food. 

    Basic supplies include: 

    • Water: 1 gal/person per day 
    • Food: 3 day supply of non-perishables 
    • Battery or hand crank radio 
    • Flashlight 
    • First Aid Kit 
    • Extra Batteries 
    • Fire extinguisher 
    • Can opener 

    Extra supplies may include: 

    • Hand sanitizer 
    • Disinfecting wipes 
    • Prescription and non-prescription medications 
    • Infant formula, bottles, diapers and wipes 
    • Pet food 

    Other items to include in your emergency kit can be found at 

  • Stay Informed

    Familiarize yourself with the kinds of emergencies or disasters that might occur in your area. In Putnam County, it is usually extreme weather like tropical storms, tornadoes, or a nor’easter.  

    Before, during, and after an emergency, following directions from local authorities can keep you safe. Stay informed by signing up for New York Alerts at   

  • Join the Medical Reserve Corps

    The Putnam County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) recruits and trains volunteers to support the county in the event of an emergency or disaster. Their mission is to serve the community by strengthening public health, improving emergency response capabilities and building community resiliency. The Putnam County MRC is one of nearly 1,000 MRCs nationwide that organize locally. 

    Click here to join! 


The Putnam County Department of Health uses a variety of ways to share health related information. From traditional print media to online news outlets and social media, the health department shares timely and pertinent health information with residents.  Additionally, information is frequently provided to community organizations, healthcare providers, permitted facilities, and other businesses that intersect with public health.

If you are a member of the media and would like to contact the health department, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To request a presentation or guest speaker from the health department, please complete this form.

To request that the health department attend a community event, please complete this form.

Contact Us

  • Phone:
  • Fax:
  • Fax (Nursing):
  • Toll free (TTY) for the Deaf, Hard
    of Hearing, and Speech Impaired:
    Dial 7-1-1 or 800-662-1220
  • Email:
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In the event of an emergency, Health Department staff are available 24/7. Please call 845-808-1390 to report a public health emergency, rabies exposure, communicable disease, water outage or sewer overflow.

If you are a member of the media and would like to contact the health department, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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