Unrelenting Harvey: Health Officials Issue Emergency Order

Snakes, bugs, industrial waste, raw sewage, downed power lines top concerns

(STAFF, CW29 TV) HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Public health officials are monitoring Hurricane Harvey and encourage residents to prepare before and after the storm makes landfall. [Though issued with Texas residents in mind, these guidelines can protect your family in an emergency, no matter where you call home. – Ed.]

“Public health is our priority and we do not want people to gamble with their safety,” said Dr. Umair A. Shair, executive director of Harris County Public Health.

“I am encouraging people to have at least a seven day supply of food, medication, and bottled water. Also, be prepared to evacuate, if an order is made by our emergency leaders.”

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Packing your emergency kit

HCPH encourages residents to include the following in a disaster kit:

  • Medical supplies such as hearing aids & extra batteries, syringes, oxygen tanks, first aid kit.
  • Baby supplies: bottles, formula, baby food, diapers and skin care
  • Medications, medical alert tags and medical records.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Pet supplies: food, water, ID, proof of vaccination, pet carrier

Protect your family. Protect yourself. Avoid floodwaters

Snakes, insects, industrial waste, raw sewage and downed power lines are common in floodwaters.

  • Keep children and pets from playing in flood water.  (Use 1 cup of unscented household bleach in 5 gallons of water.)
  • Clean and kill germs from all items touched by floodwaters, including children’s toys.
  • Throw away items that cannot be easily washed and disinfected (such as mattresses, stuffed animals, baby toys, and wood cutting boards) food that may have come in contact with flood waters
  • Wash hands often with soap and clean water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.  READ FULL POST AT CW29.COM