Change is all around us. We experience it as individuals and as a community. Williams County Health Department prepares for emergencies by developing emergency plans with local, regional, and state partners. Plans address a variety of scenarios and incidents that would impact public health. Communications, continued operations, communicable/infectious disease, hazardous materials, disaster recovery, natural disasters, and volunteer management are just some of the topics covered in the Williams County Health Department Emergency Operations Plans.

The Williams County Health Department’s preparedness mission is to support, assist, and protect those that live and do business in Williams County. Planning is a community effort. Williams County Health Department works to engage the whole community in their preparedness efforts. Strong connections make us all safer. These efforts create a state of community preparedness.

Are You Prepared?

About half of U.S. adults do not have resources or plans in place for a possible emergeInfographic: Are You Preparedncy. If a disaster strikes in your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for several days. You may think that you will have enough time to run to the grocery store, but stores quickly sell out of important supplies following emergency warnings. Packing an emergency supply kit can help keep you and your family prepared in the event of an emergency. Here are a few quick tips for packing your emergency supply kit: * 3-day supply of food (including utensils) and water * 3-day supply of all medicines, at a minimum * Personal care Items (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, baby wipes) * Safety supplies (first aid kit, emergency blanket, multipurpose tool, whistle) * Electronics (flashlight, radio, cell phone with chargers, batteries) * Documents (copies of insurance cards and immunization records) * Other important items (cash, maps, extra set of keys) Every family is unique, so you may have emergency needs not included in this list. Be sure to update your kit to fit your family’s needs.

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Basic Disaster Kit:

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation * Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger