If you live in Branford, East Haven, or North Branford, East Shore District Health Department ( ESDHD ) is your local health department. ESDHD provides essential local public health services to a population of over 70, 000 residents. We are committed to improving the health and well being of our residents through public health programs that promote wellness, prevent and control disease, and provide education about healthy lifestyles. The district was formed in June of 1974. We presently employs six full-time and three part-time employees serving our three communities. The ESDHD receives guidance from a town appointed board of directors. Branford and East Haven have 3 members each while North Branford has 2 board members. Each board member is appointed to 3 year terms, and each town is allowed 1 representative per 10, 000 population.... The District programs are primarily funded by town per capita contributions, state operating grants, preventative health block grants and other grants, and fees collected for permits, licenses and services. Public health services are offered directly to residents by the health district staff or indirectly through relationships with other local agencies. We know that many agencies are planning and preparing for emergencies to help all residents deal with power outages, heavy rains and floods, hazardous material incidents, disease outbreaks and even terrorist attacks. We must be prepared collectively for emerging and rapidly spreading diseases such as influenza and SARS, as well as agents of bioterrorism. However, emergency preparedness is also an individual responsibility.