Health Departments Encourage Individual Preparedness
Local Health Departments are celebrating National Preparedness Month, joining our Emergency Management Directors in encouraging residents to be prepared for any emergency. While we hope that our communities will be prepared to address any emergencies we may face, we know that those families and individuals who plan ahead will have an easier time should an event occur.
There are many publications available for free that provide checklists to use in preparing a go-kit, something to be grabbed at a moment’s notice. Some are available at the websites for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, others at sites such as the American Red Cross. The common theme throughout is individual preparedness; government resources should not be expected to address all needs.
The challenge is thinking about what you will need for a short term displacement. For example, a family with children in diapers should have enough with them to cover changes for 2 days; baby food and formula should be brought as well. Children will often outgrow their clothes in a matter of months, so review the bags quarterly to ensure the backup clothes and diapers still fit.
Medications are an important issue. Residents are encouraged to make sure that they always have a few days’ supply available, in case they need to evacuate, or in case weather conditions impact shipping. People who rely on electricity to generate oxygen should have a battery backup, as well as tube gas to rely on.
Pets provide an additional dimension to preparedness. Carrying containers, leashes, and food need to be brought along during an evacuation. If the animals are on medications, then those should be planned for, and always have rabies vaccination information with you.
The best help for those who need additional assistance is family and neighbors. Whether the emergency requires us to evacuate or to shelter in place, family and neighbors should work together to ensure the safety of all. Check on your neighbors, and make sure that they have what they need; if we care for each other, we accomplish a lot.
For more information on emergency planning, visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at http://www.mass.gov/mema.
Information on Our Mosquito and Tick Program
Emergencies can happen at any time. Take a few simple steps now to prepare yourself, your family and your community.
Mass2-1-1 New Information and Referral Resource for Families and Children Requiring Assistance
Mass 2-1-1 is a new information and referral service for children, youth and families offered by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. EOHHS has contracted with MASS 2-1-1 Inc. to provide enhanced information and referral services to families and children who are dealing with these challenging issues.
This program supports all families, including families who are involved with Chapter 240 of the Acts of 2012, also known "Families and Children Engaged in Services" legislation. The legislation, which became effective in November of 2012, provides services for children who are runaways or truants, or children who are having serious problems at home and in school; the law also helps children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Families can dial 211 from any phone and be connected to a trained information and referral specialist, anytime of the day or night.~
Special thanks to the Community Health Network Alliance!!
The CHNA 15 grant committee kindly provided grant funds for 6 Salem State University nursing students and their clinical instructor to attend the Massachusetts Public Health Nursing Conference in Woburn on April 25th. Some of the guest speakers included the Medical Director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease of the MDPH, Dr. DeMaria, Associate Director of Healthcare Emergency Management from the Boston University School of Medicine, J.J. Burke and Loretta laRoche. Kitty Mahoney the MAPHN President for the past 4 years was passing the gavel to the new president Mary Mckenzie.
Featured in the photo is the past MAPHN President, Kitty Mahoney RN, Clinical Instructor, Traci Mello RN, nursing students, Maria Lopez, Christina Aloisi, Monica Bento, Tania Gelsomini, Reynald Horat and Andrew Yau.
We are no longer accepting Needles or Sharps Containers at the Board of Health.
You can drop off sharps containers and expired/unused medications at
The Public Safety Building
1 Adelaide St
There is no charge and no questions will be asked.
What is collected?
· Prescription Medicines
· Over the counter medicines
· Pet medications
· Sample medications
· Pills, capsules, ointments, and/or patches
· Needles (Must be in an approved Sharps container including new and unused needles)
*NO Epi-pens will be accepted
Bring in the medicine in the original container (blackout your name and the prescription number)
OR bring in the medicine in a clear plastic recloseable bag
What is NOT collected?
• Bloody or infectious waste
• Medication from businesses or clinics
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