Welcome to the McIntosh County Health Department where we our public health team is dedicated to improving the health of those who live, work, and play in our county by preventing disease and illness, promoting health and well being, and preparing for and responding to disasters.
The McIntosh County Health Department offers services including:
If you have questions about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to call us at the numbers listed below.
Hours of Operation*
Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
*The McIntosh County Health Department is closed on the last day of every month for staff training.
Health Department and Environmental Health Office
1335 GA Highway 57
P.O. Box 231
Townsend, GA 31331
Phone: (912) 832-5473
Fax: (912) 832-5509
McIntosh County Board of Health Meetings
*McIntosh County Board of Health meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at the McIntosh County Health Dept. located at 1335 Hwy. 57 in Townsend.
McIntosh County Board of Health meetings will be held virtually until further notice. For information on how to attend the meeting, please contact Sally Silbermann.
The following meetings have been scheduled for 2020:
BOH Meeting Minutes
Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 but the Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is open all year long. The Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is a list maintained by the health department of residents who may need transportation or medical assistance and have no resources such as family members, neighbors, or friends to help them evacuate if a hurricane is threatening. Residents must apply to be on the Registry. Residents who meet criteria and get on the Registry will be evacuated when there is serious threat of a hurricane.
It is important to note that Registry applications will stop being accepted 72 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds.
To apply, residents can call toll-free, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER (1-833-243-7344). A representative will take some basic information and then your local health department will follow up with you to complete the application.
The application can also be downloaded below. Once completed, the application and protected health information authorization form should be *dropped off, faxed or mailed to your county health department.
McIntosh Co. Health Dept.
Attn: Brooke Deverger, R.N.
P.O. Box 231
Townsend, GA 31331
The application and authorization for release of protected health information can be downloaded here:
*If you intend to drop off the application, please call the health department first to schedule an appointment. Because of coronavirus concerns, walk-in visits are not permitted at this time.
Those with functional or access needs – including children or adults with physical, sensory, or intellectual disabilities who need assistance with the activities of daily living including eating, taking medication, dressing, bathing, communicating, transferring from bed to chair and chair to bed, and toileting – will be evacuated to a gymnasium type setting far enough inland so that they are safe from the storm. The accommodations at the shelter will be basic (a cot with 20-40 square feet of space, bathroom facilities, meals, etc.) and the shelter may be several hours away.
Those with medical needs – including those who need the help of trained medical professionals for things like IV medication or who may be dependent on a respirator or other medical equipment – may be taken to a healthcare facility which will likely be located several hours inland.
Anyone who lives in a nursing home, assisted living, or personal care facility is not eligible for the registry and must follow their facility’s emergency plan. The Registry is truly a last resort but it is important that local emergency management agency and public health department officials have a list of residents who have certain needs and no other way to evacuate should that become necessary.
(Registry application updated 2019)