Emergency Planning Services
The Christian County Health Department works with first response agencies and other key partners in the community to prepare for emergencies. The Ozarks is at risk of tornadoes, floods, ice storms, and other natural disasters. It is also at risk of a disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack. Health Department staff have an active surveillance network set up that will notify officials of an unusual illness, a group of people with similar symptoms, a bioterrorism attack, or a potential disease outbreak.
Emergency planning helps the Health Department and its partners mitigate risks, prevent some disasters, and respond to and recover from emergencies that cannot be prevented.
- Create a Plan
Make a plan for how to evacuate your home and your neighborhood in case of an emergency. Identify a place where you and your family will meet if you are separated. Think about a family member or friend who lives outside of the area, and write down their phone number so that all family members can call them to check in during an emergency if phone service is out locally.
- Prepare a Kit
Include supplies like bottled water, non-perishable foods, a flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered radio, and other essential supplies to help care for your family for up to 72 hours.
- Listen for Information
Have a battery-powered radio with you so you can listen for information from local officials on where to go and what to do.
Public Health Volunteers
You can also help your community by volunteering during an emergency. Please keep in mind that emergency responders can quickly become overwhelmed by people showing up on a disaster scene wanting to volunteer. If you truly want to help, sign up with an organized group of volunteers so that you can be tasked more quickly with an assignment on the scene of a disaster.