Emergency Health and Safety Tip: August 20, 2013

Being prepared for a disaster is important. As Hurricane Season is upon us and we are closer to the time frame when we can expect a hurricane, it is important to take steps to be prepared and know beforehand what actions to take.

  • Stock your home with emergency supplies that you and your family may need during the emergency period.
  • Make sure that you have at least a 3 – 5 day supply of non-perishable food and water.
  • Include prescription medications, baby supplies, pet supplies and any additional items for special medical needs.
  • Place an emergency kit in your car. 

You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

  • Emergency Health and Safety Tip: August 20, 2013Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
  • A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food.
  • A first aid kit and manual.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
  • Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
  • Prescription medicines and special medical needs.
  • Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
  • Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
  • An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.

You can find more information on emergency plans and supply kits at READY.GOVExternal Web Site Icon

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/supplies.asp 

August is National Immunization Awareness Month August 5, 2013

National Immunization Awareness Month serves as a reminder for parents and caregivers to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date in time for school in September.

Vaccines are safe, effective, and critically important for young children, who are especially vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most childhood vaccines should be given by age two, with some follow-up doses at ages four to six.

Immunizations are also important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have a chronic condition such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, diabetes or heart disease. Immunization is also important for anyone who is in close contact with infants, senior citizens, people with weakened immune systems and those who cannot be vaccinated.

Every adult should get the Tdap vaccine to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus and diptheria, and then a booster shot every 10 years. Pregnant women should get the Tdap vaccine during each pregnancy to protect their newborns.

To see what vaccinations are recommended for children and adults, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules.