In recent years, the roles of responding to disasters and preventing the spread of disease have come to the forefront, due to threats to our nation, newly emerging diseases and increases in natural disasters. These events have increased our awareness of the need to be better prepared.
Public Health Preparedness is the ability of local health departments to collaborate with partners to prepare and respond to emergencies with a detailed plan of action and a system for communication. Collaboration with community partners is essential in preparing and responding effectively to public health emergencies.
Disasters Can Strike At Any Time. Are You Ready?
- Get a Kit. A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items that a family may need in the event of a disaster; this includes necessities such as food and water.
- Make a Plan. Protect yourself and your loved ones by making an emergency plan that includes how you will contact one another and what steps you will take in different types of emergency situations.
- Be Informed. Find out what kind of disasters and public health emergencies are most likely to occur in your area and how you will receive information and be notified. Learn more at: http://ready.wi.gov
- Heat Wave Safety Checklist
- Heat Wave Safety Checklist Spanish
- Lincoln County Cooling Centers
- CDC It’s Hot Outside Brochure
Interested in Being a Volunteer?
Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR) is a web-based volunteer registration system that contains a comprehensive list of volunteers who are qualified to assist in large scale public health emergencies. Anyone is encouraged to register, however healthcare and behavioral health professionals are highly valued as they possess the skills and experience that are necessary and in demand during a disaster.
Signing up for WEAVR can be done online and only takes about 15 minutes. To learn more about WEAVR and how to become involved visit: https://weavrwi.org/
Children & Disasters
Disasters occur quickly and without warning. Children are more vulnerable than adults in emergency situations. Children may become anxious, confused, and afraid, that’s why it is important to plan appropriately and to talk to them about what to do during emergencies. Take steps to protect children; learn more at https://www.ready.gov/kids
- Monster Guard – The App that Helps Kids Stay Safe
- ABCs to Protect Your Child During Emergencies
- FEMA Family Communication Plan
- Sesame Street Family Emergency Plan
- Disaster Checklist for Parents and Families
- Disaster Checklist for Parents and Families Spanish