September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Thank you for taking time to help make America more prepared for emergencies.
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:
How will my family/household get emergency alerfta and warnings?
How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?
How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?
SEDHD Reminds Residents to Avoid Bats and Other Wild AnimalsSoutheast District Health Department would like to remind residents that bats are very active this time of year, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies increases.
“We are receiving reports from the Department of Health and Human Services of Nebraska that several bats have tested positive over the past few months and are expected to see many more in the coming months,” said Kevin Cluskey, Director of SEDHD. “We want to remind our community members to be careful around bats and other wild animals like skunks, foxes, coyotes and raccoons or domestic stray animals like cats and dogs which are less likely to be vaccinated. These animals could potentially have rabies and transmit it to people.”
Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system and is transmitted by the bite of an infected animal or if saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into an open wound or a person’s eyes, nose, or mouth. Rabies is generally fatal without preventive treatment.
Help prevent the spread of rabies by following these recommendations:
Be a responsible animal owner. Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats, ferrets, and other animals you own.
Seek immediate veterinary assistance for your pet if it’s bitten by a wild animal or exposed to a bat.
Call your local animal control agency about removing stray animals in your neighborhood.
Do not touch, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick, wild animals to health. Call animal control or an animal rescue agency for assistance.
Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. “Love your own, leave other animals alone” is a good principle for children to reduce the risk of contact with rabid animals.
Maintain homes and other buildings so bats can’t get inside.
If a bat is in your house, don’t let it outside until you talk to animal control or public health officials. If you can do it without putting yourself at risk for physical contact or being bitten, try to cover the bat with a large can or bucket, and close the door to the room.
If you think you’ve been bitten by a bat:
Seek immediate medical attention if you’ve been in direct contact with or bitten by a bat.
If you wake up and find a bat in your room, you should try to safely capture the bat and have it tested. The same precautions should be used if you see a bat in a room with an unattended child.
If you or a family member has been in close proximity to a bat, consult your doctor or local health department for assistance to determine if you might have been exposed to rabies and need preventive treatment.
People often know when they’ve been bitten by a bat but its small teeth can make a bite mark difficult to find. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Try to safely capture the bat or call animal control, have the bat tested and seek medical advice.
Animal Rabies Cases in Nebraska 2016 – 10 animals have tested positive for rabies so far (7 bats, 2 skunks, and 1 bovine) 2015 – 28 cases (16 bats, 8 skunks, 2 cattle, 1 dog, and 1 cat) 2014 – 21 cases (10 bats, 7 skunks, and 4 cattle) 2013 – 33 cases (14 skunks, 7 cattle, 6 bats, 3 cats, 1 dog, 1 horse, and 1 llama) 2012 – 59 cases 2011 – 35 cases 2010 – 53 cases 2009 – 90 cases
No human cases of rabies have occurred among Nebraskans since the 1920s.
General information about rabies can be found hereCDC - Bats
A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions favor the formation of tornados, for example during a severe thunderstorm.
During a Tornado Watch: Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations or a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio for further weather information. Watch the weather and be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen.
A tornado warning is issued when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by weather radar. A continuous siren will sound and you should take shelter immediately.
The key to surviving a tornado and reducing the risk of injury lies in planning and preparing what you and your family will do if a tornado strikes.
At Home: The safest place is the interior part of a basement. If there is no basement, go to an inside room, without windows, on the lowest floor. Avoid windows.
In a Mobile Home: Do not stay in a mobile home during a tornado! Mobile homes can turn over during strong winds. Even mobile homes with a tie-down system cannot withstand the force of tornado winds.
On the Road: Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car.
COLONIAL ACRES RECOGNIZED FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS The Southeast Nebraska Healthcare Coalition has announced that Colonial Acres of Humboldt has received a grant for $5000to support its disaster preparedness efforts. In order for Colonial Acres to qualify for the grant, the management staff completed National Incident Management Courses.These courses provide a framework which is nationally recognized to deal with any type of situation, including emergencies.Colonial Acres of Humboldt has also completed extensive work on their emergency plan to put them in compliance with theCenters for Medicare Services proposed disaster preparedness regulations. For the last 3 years, the Colonial Acres has participated in preparedness drills and exercises on a community and regionalscope. The grant monies are to be used to purchase equipment which Colonial Acres has identified through annual assessments andexercises as necessary to assist in providing for the safety of their residents.
Radon is the odorless, colorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Each year up to 22,000 deaths in the United States are attributed to radon-induced lung cancer. In Nebraska one out of every two homes tested has high radon levels, so it is important to test your home.
Free Radon Test Kites
Southeast District Health Department is offering free radon test kits. The kits are available by contacting the Southeast District Health Department or at the Southeast District Health Department’s traveling Immunization Clinics.
Testing is done by using a short-term test kit (3-7 days). Test kits come with instructions and postage paid packaging to submit tests to a lab. Radon test results can be checked online and if additional testing or radon mitigation is necessary, you can contact the Nebraska Radon Program online at www.dhhs.ne.gov/radon or by calling 800-334-9491.
To obtain a radon test kit or for more information contact Southeast District Health Department at 877-777-0424.
Pertusssis (Whooping cough) is verycontagious and can cause serious illness - especially in infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated. Make sure your infants and young children get their recommended five shots on time. Adolescent and adult vaccination is also important, especailly for families with new infants.
Southeast District Health Department is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment in Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson counties. The attached survey will capture how residents feel about the current health of their community and what they find to be of the most importance. The results of the survey will be used to write up a Community Health Assessment. Please take a moment to answer a few short questions about your community. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
Legal Aid of Nebraska provides assistance to low-income people, families, Native Americans, people diagnosis with breast cancer, and elderly people in civil (non-criminal) matters. Qualifying for help may be based on income and assets of all people living in your home. It is also based on the type of legal problem you have. If our household income is not more than 125% of the federal poverty level and you have few assets you may qualify for Legal Aid's assistance. Some exceptions apply to these guidelines. If you are age 60 or older, these financial eligibility guidelines may not apply.
Legal Aid of Nebraska does not handle criminal matters in state or federal court, personal injury or workers’ compensation cases. Legal Aid of Nebraska’s legal services are free; however, clients may have to pay court costs.
Funding for online intake provided by the Lozier Corporation Foundation and the Nebraska Legal Aid and Services Fund. To learn more or to apply go to Legal Aid Nebraska.
Many people consider mold an inconvenience in a wet basement or poorly ventilated bathroom. But molds can be much more than just an inconvenience - they can affect the health of you and your house. Frequently asked quesetions and their answers.
Looking for a place to get rid of your used insulin needles?
1) Put them in an empty container like milk, coffee or laundry detergent containers.
2) Put the lid on tight
3) Put tape over the lid and down the side of the container
4) Mark with black marker on the outside of the container in big letter"NEEDLES"
5) Put the container BESIDE your trash on your trash pickup day. Do NOT put it in your trash. Your trash men will pick it up.
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