Tips on How to Prepare for Storms
High winds and heavy rainfall are being forecast for this weekend with the potential for some flooding in low-lying areas. In the event that severe weather does affect Worcester County, residents should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 3-5 days. 

Residents should also make sure to have:
  • 3-5 days worth of medications (if needed);
  • one gallon of water per person per day for three days; 
  • non-perishable food such as canned or packaged food; 
  • one change of clothes and footwear per person; 
  • a flashlight with extra batteries; 
  • a manual can opener; 
  • battery-powered radio, hygiene items , and first aid basics such as antiseptic bandages and non-prescription medication;
  • fully charge all cell phones;
  • practice safe, portable-generator use for those who operate one. Improper generator use runs the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. 
Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2015 10:13
Decisions Matter
Decisions Matter: Opioid Awareness


The Opioid Awareness Task Force, a sub-committee of the Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council, is launching a public awareness campaign about opioid misuse and abuse. Opioids, which include both certain legal prescription medications as well as the heroin, have become a rising concern in Worcester and across the state. Instances of misuse or illicit use of the substance has climbed in recent years as have overdose deaths related to opioids.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 08:37
Flood and Hurricane Red Cross Preparedness Checklists
While it is still too early to tell whether or not Hurricane Joaquin will make landfall on the East Coast, forecasts are predicting heavy rains this weekend regardless. Here are some preliminary tips on Hurricane and Flood safety from the Red Cross and handy checklists to follow in the event of serious weather. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:06
National Lead Poisoning Week Late October
Think Worcester County is Lead Safe? Think Again. “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.”  


Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 11:59


Maryland promoting safeguards for seniors for Falls Prevention Week. Sept. 20-26; older residents' ER visits for falls outpace those for any other injury.
BALTIMORE, MD (September 18, 2015) – Maryland seniors go to the emergency room for falls more than any other type of injury.  To bring awareness to the dangers of falling, Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on September 23, 2015, across the nation. 
Maryland’s Minority Health office nets $1 million grant, largest in its history. Funds from U.S. HHS to boost healthcare access in Prince George’s County.
Baltimore, MD (September 16, 2015) – The Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) has received its largest grant since its establishment in 2004. MHHD received a five-year grant award totaling $1million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health’s State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health.  
Maryland Medicaid is prepared to accept ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. Comprehensive testing began in 2014 to accommodate federal deadline.
Baltimore, MD (September 15, 2015) – Maryland Medicaid is prepared to accept ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes on October 1, 2015 in accordance with federal requirements for payers.
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