Disaster Training

Over the past several decades, the number of natural and manmade disasters has increased in the United States. As more people live in disaster-prone areas, threats to human life, health and property increase. Responding to health threats that result from these disasters is the role of the local public health department.

The number of people who seek medical attention after a disaster greatly increases. This is probably a result of many different situations produced by the original disaster. These situations include an increase in diseases due to broken sanitation systems, fecal and chemical contamination, the scarcity of clean wash water and good hand hygiene, contaminated drinking water, or from eating food that hasn't been cooked thoroughly or kept at a cold enough temperature. There could also be an increase of carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of generators or space heaters without proper ventilation, accidents resulting from inexperienced people using power tools to clean up debris, and other injuries from clean up and recovery efforts. These extra illnesses and injuries can stress the already over burdened health care system. The Madison County-London City Health District distributes emergency preparation and post disaster education materials and conducts environmental testing programs.

How to Prepare Your Family: Prepare Your Family
How to Protect your Business: Protect your Business

Bioterrorism Agents:
  • Anthrax - CDC
  • Botulism - CDC 
  • Plague - CDC 
  • Smallpox - CDC 
  • Tularemia - CDC 
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers - CDC 

Strategic National Stockpile:
  • Strategic National Stockpile - CDC 
  • Antiviral Treatment - CDC 
  • Amoxicillin - CDC 
  • Ciprofloxacin - CDC 
  • Doxycycline - CDC 

Emergency Safety Tips:
  • CDC - Power Outage 
  • Consumer's Guide to Food Safety - USDA 
  • CDC Tornadoes 
  • CDC - Earthquakes 

Winter Safety:
  • Extreme Cold Weather -CDC 
  • FEMA - Winter Storms 

Extreme Heat:
  • Extreme Heat - Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness , 
  • Extreme Heat - USEPA 
  • Extreme Heat - CDC 
  • Extreme Heat - FEMA