The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department encourages preparedness


By Roberta Mangen - Guest columnist



The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department would like to encourage all Shelby County residents to become better prepared in the event of an emergency. Disasters do happen. Being prepared can help you safely and effectively manage the situation.

The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department is committed to helping residents become better prepared. The Health Department develops plans for public health emergencies which include mass dispensing of medications to the public in the event of a bio-terrorist event or pan flu, setting up community reception centers in the event of a radiological event, and plans to assist those with access and functional needs in the event of a disaster. The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department also helps organize the Medical Reserve Corp. (MRC), which is a community-based, organized group of volunteers who can serve during a local public health emergency.

The Health Department encourages everyone to develop a personal plan in the event of a natural disaster or other type of emergency. The plan should include the following: transportation, a list of medications you are currently taking and health history. This will be helpful if the Health Department recommends residents come to a clinic or community reception center. Residents that are relocated to shelters may need to bring medications, medical equipment and extra medical supplies. Have a plan in place for pets if they cannot come to a shelter. If you have to shelter in place, have enough food and water available to last you several days. Finally, pack a “to go bag” with clothing, personal care, and other essential items. To learn more about how you can be better prepared in the event of an emergency visit: www.ready.gov/.

If interested in joining the Shelby County MRC, please contact the Health Department at 937-498-7958 or visit http://shelbycountyhealthdept.org/volunteer.html. The MRC typically meets twice a year and offers trainings and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

The Sidney-Shelby County Health Department is a member of the Shelby County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The main emphasis of the LEPC is related to chemical emergency preparedness and response, however, the committee is also involved in other relevant issues of emergency preparation. For more information on the Shelby County LEPC visit http://co.shelby.oh.us/emergency-management-agency/4480-2/

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By Roberta Mangen

Guest columnist

Roberta Mangen is the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department emergency preparedness coordinator. She can be contacted at 937-498-7958 or Roberta.mangen@shelbycountyhealthdept.org

Roberta Mangen is the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department emergency preparedness coordinator. She can be contacted at 937-498-7958 or Roberta.mangen@shelbycountyhealthdept.org