Worcester County Health Department receives high marks for emergency preparedness

 Snow Hill, Md. –   The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce its high score from this year’s Strategic National Stockpile plan review and site visit – a 97 out of possible 100.

This past spring a representative from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Preparedness and Response and a public health advisor from the Centers for Disease Control Division of the Strategic National Stockpile visited the health department in Snow Hill to review and assess emergency plans.
 
The health department’s SNS plan is reviewed annually to ensure its ability to protect the public during a public health emergency. A public health emergency activates the use of the CDC SNS. SNS supplies can include medication, medical materials and/or vaccine.
 
The site review examined specific elements of the health department’s plan including its ability to manage SNS within an incident command structure, request SNS, use of redundant communications platforms, public information, security planning, inventory management and trainings and exercises.
 
In addition to health department emergency preparedness staff, county partners from the sheriff’s office and emergency services were also invited to participate in the plan review.
 
Worcester County significantly improved from last year’s score of 88.
 

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Thank you to all who came out for the 7th Annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk. So far this year's walkers have raised more than $33,000 to fund suicide prevention and awareness trainings, resources and projects. For more information on the walk or to donate visit: https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=5531

 

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Fall into fitness this October and participate in the 6th Annual Making Strides for Awareness Fun Walk to be held at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill, Market Street. This is a free event co-sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department and the Town of Snow Hill. The first 50 registrants will receive a HOPE stadium cup. Registration begins at 5pm. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a ½ mile, 1-mile, or 2-mile walk.

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Public Health Officials Offer Food Safety Tips in Preparation of Potential Power Outages and Flooding Due to Hurricane Florence

(Salisbury, MD) - As Hurricane Florence begins to make way across the Eastern seaboard, health officials of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties recommend the following food safety tips for residents to help them prepare now, should local power outages or flooding occur.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. For more information on generator safety, visit here.

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Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department confirms that a kitten has tested positive for rabies on August 29, 2018 on Snow Hill Rd (Rt. 12) north of Girdletree. The kitten was a female gray, black and tan striped tabby that was roughly eight-weeks-old. Residents of the property near where the kitten was found did not own the animal and the owners are unknown at this time.

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Ocean City, MD- Take a deep breath, Worcester County; this month Maryland celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act. Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and clubs, to preserve and improve the health, comfort, and environment of residents by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.

For more information on the Clean Indoor Air Act, click here

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