Darke County Public Health maintains on-call personnel 24/7 to respond to public health emergency situations. So, what exactly is a public health emergency?
A public health emergency is any event or situation demanding immediate action on the part of the public health system in order to prevent disease and injury as well as maintain public health within the community of service. Emergencies can be natural or man-made, occurring with little to no warning.
Darke County Public Health works with representatives from local law enforcement, the Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical System, Fire Departments, Red Cross, county agencies, school districts, and elected officials to develop plans that minimize the effects of an adverse event.
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We encourage the public to read and review the Darke County General Health District’s Emergency Response Plan available for download below:
Darke County General Health District – Emergency Response Plan ( Coming Soon)
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Get Prepared. You, Your Family, and Your Pets
You are encouraged to prepare a Disaster Supply Kit with emergency supplies that will last at least three days. The kit should be stored in a box or duffel bag in the room in which you can easily access in case of an emergency. The Kit should contain the following items:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Helpful links to get you prepared