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Health Department Notes

September is National Preparedness Month National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.” The Woodford County Health Department is promoting the “First 72 on You” campaign to enhance awareness on the capability to be self-sustaining during the first 72 hours of an emergency. Emergencies may include severe weather (snow/ice storms, flooding, tornadoes, etc.), power outages and any disastrous event that can disrupt your daily routine for an extended period of time. Preparing for emergencies and disasters can start with four important steps: 1. Be ready with an emergency supply kit – Build an emergency supply kit that contains essential items to keep you and your family self-reliant for at least 72 hours without utilities, electricity and water or without access to a supermarket or local services. The kit should contain essential items for families to include non-perishable food, water (one gallon per person per day), first aid kit, radio, flashlight, can opener, baby needs, cell phone charger and extra batteries, duct tape, matches, emergency contacts and important papers, personal hygiene items, complete change of clothes, disposable plates, cups and utensils, medicine, extra cash, blankets and pet/service animal supplies. A detailed list of items to be included in the kit can be found at https://www.ready.gov/kit. Be sure to rotate supplies so they do not exceed their expiration dates. 2. Develop a family emergency plan - Families may not be together when an emergency happens so the plan will allow them to develop a meeting place, establish an out-of-town contact and gather essential information that would help them stay connected in the event of an emergency. Practice your plan with regular drills and know your local evacuation routes. If a family member has a disability, contact your local fire department and/or police station now to inform them so that this information could be kept by these agencies in case of an emergency or disaster. For those who may be blind or visually impaired, predesignate someone to assist in case of emergency and have a plan in place if evacuation becomes necessary because public transportation may not be available during an emergency. For information on writing a plan, visit https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan. 3. Be informed - Learn about emergencies that could happen in your area and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency. 4. Get involved - Preparedness is a shared responsibility and it takes a whole community to prepare and respond to emergencies. Donate time to a local Medical Reserve Corps unit to contribute skills and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need. For more information and resources, visit www.WCHD.com.

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