Thursday, November 12, 2009

H1N1 Vaccination Appointments


Appointments available at
Columbia County Public Health Department,
1010 S. Third Street,
to receive the H1N1 influenza vaccine.

For the following target groups only:
· Pregnant women
· Health care and emergency services workers
· All children age 6 months to 24 years of age
· Persons age 25 to 64 with chronic health conditions
· Parents and caregivers of children under 6 months of age

Supply of vaccine is limited at this time.
Please call 382-2181 to schedule an appointment for these groups only!

Thank You.

Friday, November 6, 2009

How to Shelter-in-Place


If there is a chemical emergency or hazardous material release, you may be better protected in your home or car than trying to evacuate. Shelter-in-place protects you from the most toxic vapors as the cloud passes.

Stay inside and Shelter-In-Place
Work or School
Stay inside and Shelter-In-Place
Go into a building or vehicle and Shelter-In-Place
Shelter-In-Place. Do not start the engine! Close windows, vents: turn off AC or heater.
Tune your radio to KONA Radio 105.3 FM or 610 AM.
Continue driving unless directed otherwise. Close windows, vents; turn off AC or heater.
Tune your radio to KONA. If your vehicle stalls, Do not start the engine. Shelter-In-Place

· Go inside immediately and bring pets indoors with you.
· Close and lock all doors and windows. Make sure they are closed tightly.
· Shut off all fan devices, ventilation systems, and any system that circulates air.
· Close the damper to your wood stove or fireplace if it's not in use.
· Go to the room you have selected to Shelter-In-Place. If possible, this should be a small room with few or no windows, and doors only from the center of the house or building.
· Seal this room off quickly, using duct tape and plastic sheeting to close off ventilation systems, air or fan vents, doors, windows, and other outlets. Use wet towels to seal the bottoms of all doors. If necessary, use wet washcloths to cover your nose and mouth.
· Monitor your radio or TV for Emergency Alert System messages and further instructions.
· Do not make unnecessary phone calls. Tying up telephone lines prevents emergency crews from using them. If you have an elderly neighbor or know someone who may need assistance, quickly make that call.
· Stay inside in your selected area until you receive the "all clear" signal. This will be announced on the radio and TV.
· After the "all clear" announcement, open all windows and doors, and go outside until the building has been well aired.

How to Make a Shelter-in-Place Kit

Be prepared for an emergency such as a chemical agent incident or hazardous materials accident near your home. Make your Shelter-in-Place Kit now so that you can seal your shelter immediately if your local officials instruct you to shelter-in-place.The basics: Store them in your shelter room.

What you will need:

  • A large bucket (and another container if needed) with lid to hold your supplies

  • Pre-cut and labeled plastic sheeting to cover doors, windows, vents and inset cabinets, mirrors, electrical outlets and switches, etc. (Make sure you cut the plastic at least six inches larger than openings so you can tape it to the wall or floor.)

  • Duct tape (a couple of rolls) to cover smaller openings and cracks that can’t be covered with plastic sheeting and to tape plastic sheeting to walls, ceiling, floor and doors.

  • Extra plastic sheeting in case the pre-cut sheeting tears or you need more.

  • Scissors to cut the tape and sheeting

  • A radio with extra batteries

  • Bottled water (at least one gallon per person)

  • Toilet tissue (The bucket can be used as a toilet.)

  • A large plastic bag for any contaminated clothing (Seal it with the duct tape.)

The last-minute additions:

  • Make a list of these items and put it in a prominent place so you can find it and the items quickly on your way to your shelter room.

  • A cordless or cellular phone, if you have one

  • Any special health and safety items you can’t store in advance but would need if you have to stay in your shelter for several hours, such as medications and eye glasses

  • Pets

Items you may need or want (depending on who will be in your shelter):

Put any of these or other items you feel you’ll need or want with the basics in your shelter room now. Don’t delay taking shelter to search for them. • Baby supplies (diapers, formula, etc.)• Pet supplies• Pillows, blankets• Toys, books, magazines, puzzles, etc.• Snacks with a long shelf life.• Change of clothing for each person in your shelter.

Ready, Set, Act:

Be Ready. Have your Shelter-in-Place Kit Set in your shelter room. Act immediately if instructed to shelter-in-place. Remember, you won’t need to stay in your shelter for more than a few hours.

Monday, November 2, 2009

H1N1 Flu Vaccination Clinic for Pregnant Women
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Columbia County Health Department
1010 S. 3rd Street, Dayton, WA
Call 382-2181 to schedule an appointment