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NYC Preparedness: Protecting the Safety, Health and Well-being of all New Yorkers

Four years ago, the NYC Department of Health conducted the largest no-notice exercise in New York City history that tested our ability to respond to a public health emergency. See how the public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) program and Healthcare Preparedness Program helps the department protect the safety, health, and well-being of all New Yorkers.

In August 2014, the NYC Department of Health conducted the largest no-notice exercise in New York City history that tested our ability to respond in case of an emergency.

On August 1, 2014, the NYC Department of Health conducted RAMPEx (Rapid Activation for Mass Prophylaxis Exercise). This exercise tested the department’s ability to quickly distribute life-saving medication to more than 8.2 million New Yorkers within 48 hours after an antrax attack. Rapid reciept of these medications helps prevent illness and death.


The training conducted by the department is only possible through financial and technical assistance provided by the public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) program managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

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