Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories & Emergency Preparedness


The Division of Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness (PHILEP) provides strategic and operational leadership to coordinate New Jersey’s hospital and public health disaster resilience, laboratory services and emergency preparedness and response.

The Division oversees the Office of Disaster ResilienceOffice of Emergency Medical Services, Office of Pandemic Planning and Response, and the Public Health and Environmental Laboratories.

PHILEP also interacts with other government agencies on the federal, state, county, and local levels as well as in partnership with private and non-profit sector organizations to coordinate activities that prepare the state for a public health emergency.

Contact Information

To report illnesses, dead animals and/or health emergencies, call your local health department. If your local health department is unavailable, contact NJDOH at the following numbers:

  • Daily Monday-Friday: 609-826-4872 and 609-826-5964
  • Nights, Weekends, and Holidays: 609-392-2020 Nights (Infectious Disease Emergencies)

Communicable Disease Service (CDS)

  • Call 609-826-5964

Emergency Medical Services (OEMS)

  • Call 609-633-7777

NJ American Red Cross

NJ Covid-19 Call Center

  • Call 855-568-0545

NJ Disaster Mental Health Helpline

  • Call 877-294-HELP (877-294-4357)
  • Call 877-294-4356 TTY

NJ Healthcare & Public Health Coalitions

  • Call: 800-457-2262

NJ Medical Reserve Corps

NJ Poison Control Center

  • Call 1-800-222-1222

Public Health Environmental Labs

  • Call 609-406-6860
Last Reviewed: 5/9/2023