Swain County Health Department


September 2015 marks the 12th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US Department of Homeland Security. The main goal of Homeland Security is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks. If you've seen the news recently, you know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We've seen hurricanes, tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, and massive fires. In September, please plan and prepare for an event by following these four steps.

1. Get a kit
If disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for days. By taking the time now to prepare emergency water supplies, food supplies and a disaster supplies kit, you can provide for your entire family. A disaster kit is simple a collection of household items that you might need in an emergency; food, water, flashlights, candles, matches, blankets, formula, diapers, prescriptions, single service items, games for children, personal hygiene items, fire extinguisher, and money. It’s good to have a 3 day supply of non-perishable food and a gallon of water for each person per day. You can use can goods, dry mixes, and other staples found in your cabinet. Also, don’t forget the needs of your pets.

2. Make an Emergency Plan
Make plans with your family, friends, and neighbors in case you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet, and what you'll do in different situations.

3. Be Informed
Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones – for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.

4. Get Involved
Look into taking first aid and emergency response training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders. Contact the Swain County Health Department, Red Cross, or the Mountain Regional Medical Reserve Corp for more information on volunteering.

The Swain County Health Department provides many services to residents of Swain County and surrounding areas. The Health Department has a full- time staff consisting of the Health Director, Public Health Nurses, Environmental Health Specialists, Nutritionist, Health Educator, Social Worker, Management Support Staff and Family Nurse Practitioner.









Our Mission

"The Mission of the Swain County Health Department is to provide compassionate, individualized quality health care by a caring professional staff, specifically trained to meet the special health care needs of all our citizens and to continually monitor, anticipate, and respond to community health problems with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and accessibility."

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Health Department
545 Center Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address:
545 Center Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Alison Cochran, Director

Phone 828-488-3198x2002
Fax 828-488-8672


Office Hours:
7:45 am – 4:45 pm
Monday – Friday