Personal Preparedness

Health Services Emergency Management

Personal Preparedness

The safety of you and your family is paramount. If there is an emergency, be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours.

People with Disabilities or Medical Conditions

Food Safety

Most households will at some time face a power outage as a result of a snowstorm, ice storm, natural disaster or flooding. These emergencies may create a problem with food safety.

When the electricity to your refrigerator or freezer is interrupted for an extended period of time, the safety of foods in them becomes a concern.

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Drinking Water Safety

Water may not be safe to drink, bathe in or clean with after a hurricane, flood or other disaster. During a disaster, water can become contaminated with bacteria, chemicals or other substances that can cause illness.

Listen to and follow public announcements. Local authorities will tell you if tap water is safe to drink or to use for cooking or bathing. If the water is not safe to use, you will be told to use bottled water or to boil or disinfect water for cooking and cleaning.

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Air Quality

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a health promotion tool designed to help people make informed decisions regarding short-term exposure and activity levels during increased levels of air pollution.

The index provides local air quality and health risk information on an hourly basis. It is especially helpful to seniors, children, those with heart and lung disease, and people who are physically active outdoors.

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Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Bad weather can hit at any time - and without time for you to prepare. The time to get ready for a natural disaster or the storm of the decade is now. We're hoping you'll find the following information helpful.

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