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Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness Division is tasked with preparing Public Health, its partners and the community to respond to adverse events that affect the public's health in our community. The Health District maintains plans and policies to address public health events.

Safety After a Tornado

Tornado touches down in a field
A tornado’s impact on a community can be devastating. Recovering from a tornado’s destruction takes time and can be dangerous; it is important to look after both your physical and emotional well-being. Use the tips below to keep you, your family, and your community safe during the recovery process.

General Tips:
Stay tuned to emergency information channels using your phone, battery-powered radio, or television
Use personal protective equipment during the inspection and clean-up
Take care of your emotional health
Keep pets on a leash or in a carrier during transport or when outside. 

Carbon Monoxide
- Never use generators; pressure washers; camp stoves; grills; or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, or camper.
- They should be at least 20 feet away from your home or business.
- These devices produce carbon monoxide (CO), an invisible gas with no odor that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. 
- Symptoms of CO poisoning include dizziness, headache, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you think you or someone else may have CO poisoning. 

Emotional Health: It is very common to feel worry, stress, anxiety, and grief during and after a disaster. An event such as a tornado affects people differently, especially children. Give yourself the space to acknowledge these feeling and track how they change over time.

Follow these steps to help you and others cope:

  • Share your feelings with a friend or family member.
  • Take breaks and make time to unwind. Try to return to activities that you enjoy.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage after the event.
  • Try to eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and other drugs.
  • Ask for help. Talk to a counselor, doctor, or clergy member. You can also contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

 Recent Events: 

Health District Exercises Point of Dispensing
On February 21st, 2019 the Butler County General Health District exercised a Point of Dispensing (POD) in Liberty Township. This article gives a great overview of the exercise: Health District Exercises Point of Dispensing

In the event of a large scale public health emergency, Point of Dispensing (POD) sites throughout Butler County can be used to dispense medications to a large population of healthy people. The ultimate goal of a POD is to quickly provide medical countermeasures to a large number of people in a short period of time.

Butler County General Health District wants to thank the many volunteers who came out for the exercise, it wouldn't have been possible without them! If you're interested in volunteering, please read more about the Butler County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit below.
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Butler County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit
The Butler County MRC Unit is a member of the Tristate Medical Reserve Corps. Volunteers are an important piece of the Butler County General Health Distrit's Emergency Preparedness program. To learn more information, or to sign up and volunteer, please visit: www.swoph.org/tristate

Situational Awareness
CDC's List of Current Outbreaks and Incidents
Federal Emergency Management Agency Website
Butler County Emergency Management Agency Website

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program:

Ohio Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Fact Sheet