Just like other first responders, the Westchester County Health Department prepares and trains for emergencies. On September 30, the health department will hold a mass dispensing drill at the Westchester County Center, and we need residents to volunteer to participate.
The purpose of the drill is to demonstrate that the health department can rapidly dispense antibiotics to the public in the event of an anthrax bioterrorism emergency. To demonstrate our capability, we ask that volunteers register online at www.health.ny.gov/Go2Clinic by clicking on Westchester and following the prompts. You can also call (914) 995-7425.
Residents, including parents with young children and people with disabilities are invited to join us. Please note that no actual medicine will be dispensed. We will be expected to “dispense” medication to 500 people during the 90-minute drill, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Please feel free to share this flyer with neighbors and members of any civic groups you belong to.
Legionnaires' Disease Alert
Updated August 13, 2015
In light of the current Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Bronx, Westchester County Health Commissioner, Dr. Sherlita Amler has issued a public health update urging Westchester building owners and institutions with cooling towers or evaporative condensers to proactively clean, inspect and disinfect their equipment to prevent the spread of Legionnaires' disease.
To verify that Legionella is not of concern on their property, Westchester building owners can also take advantage of free testing now being offered by the New York State Department of Health.
For more information on the best practices to prevent the growth or spread of this disease, go to
- August 11, 2015: NYSDOH Public Health Advisory
- Prevention and Control of Legionelosis for Clinicians in Healthcare Facilities
- August 8, 2015: WCDOH Public Health Advisory
- Health Commissioner, Dr. Sherlita Amler warning regarding Legionnaires' disease