Prep Month1

Tompkins County Health Department Brings Preparedness Resources to Community

Sep 20, 2022 | Beth Hess

In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the Tompkins County Health Department in Ithaca, NY hosted a Preparedness Resource Fair on September 10 to share preparedness tools and information from a variety of partners with the community.

More than 20 organizations took part including local fire and EMS, the New York National Guard, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association. The fair was set up inside the local mall with vehicles from various organizations also set up outside. A local radio station was also set up to broadcast on site.

Preparedness Coordinator Patricia Mason brought the idea for the fair with her from her previous role in Colorado, “hoping to educate the community of emergency preparedness.” She teamed up with emergency management to start planning the event beginning late last year.

The department hosted the event to help the public “understand that during a big disaster, calling 911 might not be your best course of action,” said Mason. “You may be on your own for at least 72 hours until help comes. You can do simple things. With the help of all these organizations, you can build your preparedness kit in advance.”

The local mall donated space for the fair, seeing it as an opportunity to bring people to the mall. To help promote the event, the department placed paid radio ads, posted to its website, posted flyers in mall kiosks and on food court tables, and promoted in the community including the through local Rotary Club. Community Health workers also helped to promote the fair and were present during it to gather feedback from participants through a very short survey.

In thinking about what makes for a successful event, Mason encourages others to “start small and start planning early. If you come up with an idea, reach out. You can usually find someone to partner with.”

Mason also recommends thinking of fun things that involve the entire family.

“Teaching kids is a huge part of this,” said Mason. “Bringing in the bigger pieces of equipment helps to draw people in—kids love to see it.”


About Beth Hess

More posts by Beth Hess

Related Posts

Capitol Dome with Mic typeface display V3
  • Podcast

NACCHO Podcast: The Future of Public Health Emergency...

Communications Specialist Beth Hess speaks with Ben Robison, Health...

Sep 29, 2022 | Beth Hess

NACCHO Podcast: The Future of Public Health Emergency...

Expectant Mother Texting web
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Resilience
  • Emergency Response
  • Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health

Preparedness Month Profile: An Interview with Sue...

To celebrate Preparedness Month, NACCHO is highlighting Western Upper Peninsula...

Sep 27, 2022 | Elana Filipos, Gideon Amaniel

Preparedness Month Profile: An Interview with Sue...

Infant Ready Kits Arrive CO web
  • Community Engagement
  • Emergency Response
  • Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health

Preparedness Month Profile: An Interview with Allison...

To celebrate Preparedness Month, NACCHO is highlighting Jefferson County...

Sep 27, 2022 | Elana Filipos, Gideon Amaniel

Preparedness Month Profile: An Interview with Allison...

PHEP 20th Anniversary Badge
  • Emergency Response

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Public Health...

2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness...

Sep 27, 2022 | Beth Hess

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Public Health...

Splash park
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Resilience
  • Climate Change

City of Somerville Hosts Year-Round Preparedness...

The City of Somerville’s “Keep Cool Somerville” initiative works to improve...

Sep 26, 2022 | Beth Hess

City of Somerville Hosts Year-Round Preparedness...

Abstracts web
  • Community Resilience
  • Emergency Response
  • Health Equity & Social Justice
  • Medical Reserve Corps

Now Accepting Abstracts: 2023 Preparedness Summit

Submit an abstract by October 24.

Sep 22, 2022 | Beth Hess

Now Accepting Abstracts: 2023 Preparedness Summit

MOV Logo
  • Community Engagement

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Hosts Month of...

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is hosting a series of classes for its...

Sep 22, 2022 | Beth Hess

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Hosts Month of...

MRC 20th
  • Medical Reserve Corps

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Medical Reserve...

In celebration of the Medical Reserve Corps’ 20 years of service to the...

Sep 21, 2022 | Beth Hess

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Medical Reserve...

PFA Course web
  • Tools & Resources
  • Webinar
  • Mental Health
  • Workforce Development

New Course: Building Workforce Resilience through the...

New course for leaders and teams: Building Workforce Resilience through the...

Sep 21, 2022 | Jessica Pryor

New Course: Building Workforce Resilience through the...

Back to Top