Scott County Public Health works to ensure the community is prepared for a public health emergency. Emergencies can range from a family crisis to an environmental disaster. Scott County Public Health provides educational information and physical assistance to help community members through times of crisis. During an emergency, Public Health works closing with Scott County Emergency Management. Visit the Scott County Emergency Management page for more information on what you can do to keep your family safe.
Individual and Family Preparedness
Know what you are going to do in the event of an emergency. Creating a plan prior to an emergency or disaster can be one of the most important steps you can take to ensure you and your families safety. Emergencies can happen anytime and your family may not be together when it happens. Every family member should know what to do in the event of an emergency. Here are some helpful links to create your own Emergency Plan.
American Red Cross
CDC's Prepare Your Health
Do 1 Thing
Depending on the scale of the emergency, essential services and disaster relief may not be immediately available. Ensure you have basic supplies for your family. Remember you may not always be at home when a disaster occurs so keep a small kit in your car or at work. It is okay to start small so building your emergency kit is not a strain on resources. Here are links to help you create a kit.
American Red Cross
Consider volunteering to help others in the event of an emergency. the Medical Reserve Corps of Scott County (MRC-SC) is a countywide resource of health professionals and other volunteers who strengthen our community by preparing for and responding to local public health emergencies and assisting in ongoing public health initiatives. Check out our Medical Reserve Corp Brochure (PDF) for more information.
To sign up to volunteer in Scott County visit the Volunteer Page. Volunteers do not need to have medical experience in order to help, there are many opportunities to provide assistance when an emergency occurs.
Talk with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers about the importance of being prepared. Visit Ready.Gov to see how you can get more involved.
Every emergency is locate, meaning help will come from those immediately available. Additional help may take time to arrive. Scott County Public Health assisting with coordinating, planning and communicating with the public in the event of a public health emergency in Scott County. A sample of these emergencies include food-borne illnesses outbreaks, chemical spills, natural disasters, disease outbreak, or acts of bio-terrorism. In a public health emergency, Scott County may organize a mass distribution site to dispense medicine to community members. Scott County Public Health will also provide educational information related to public health emergencies.
In times of crisis, the best way to ease the minds of loved ones is a simple phone call. Unfortunately, calling may not be simple during an emergency. It is important that family emergency plans consider how they will reunite in the event of an emergency and lack of telephone serivce.