Tip of the week: Communication Plan

After a large-scale disaster, the first question most victims want answered is: “When can I go home?” Unfortunately, after a devastating event, it may be some time before you can return to your house or even your hometown. That’s why it’s important to establish a communication plan your family can follow quickly and easily should […] Continue Reading »

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Media Advisory-HARRISON COUNTY OBSERVES SEPTEMBER EMERGENCY PLANNING MONTH WITH PLANNED EXERCISE

September is National Preparedness Month. Harrison County emergency responders and volunteers have cooperated to participate in an exercise to better prepare them for possible emergencies in the future. The exercise will be on Saturday September 24, 2011 starting at 9:00 AM until 2:00PM at the Bridgeport City Park behind the high school and at the […] Continue Reading »

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HAN Advisory #53 NEISSERIA GONORRHEA OUTBREAK MERCER COUNTY

NEISSERIA GONORRHEA OUTBREAK MERCER COUNTY   TO: West Virginia Healthcare Providers, Hospitals, and Local Health Departments   FROM: Marian Swinker, MD, MPH, Commissioner for Public Health and State Health Officer, WVDHHR, Bureau for Public Health   DATE: September 16, 2011   LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS: PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY HEALTH PROVIDERS, HOSPITAL-BASED PHYSICIANS, INFECTION PREVENTIONISTS, LABORATORY […] Continue Reading »

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Tip of the week: School Emergency Plan & Youth Preparedness

Tip of the week: School Emergency Plan & Youth Preparedness   School is now in session for kids all across West Virginia but it’s time for parents to do a little homework of their own. Moms and Dads, do you know what the emergency plan is for your child’s school? Do you know where students […] Continue Reading »

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HAN Advisory #52 TESTING FOR LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE (LEGIONELLOSIS)

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH ADVISORY NUMBER WV0052-11-09-14 Distributed via the WV Health Alert Network – September 14, 2011 TESTING FOR LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE (LEGIONELLOSIS) TO: West Virginia Healthcare Providers, Hospitals, and Local Health Departments FROM: Catherine C. Slemp, MD, MPH, Acting State Health Officer West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau […] Continue Reading »

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Tip of the week: Text, Don’t Call!!

  Tip of the week: Text, Don’t Call!! I M OK. R U OK?   In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, networks can become jammed with people trying to call their loved ones to find out if they are okay. For instance, during last month’s East Coast earthquake, concerned friends and relatives called to […] Continue Reading »

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WV Health Alert # 51 Swine Origin Influenza in Washington County, PA

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH ALERT NUMBER WV0051-11-09-06 Distributed via the WV Health Alert Network – September 6, 2011 Swine Origin Influenza in Washington County, PA TO: West Virginia Local Health Departments; Sentinel Influenza Providers; Healthcare Providers, Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities FROM: Catherine C. Slemp, MD, MPH, Acting State Health Officer WVDHHR, […] Continue Reading »

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Tip 1 September Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month! Tip of the Week: Make an Emergency Kit In 2010, West Virginia experienced four federally declared disasters, prompting nearly 4,200 households to seek disaster assistance. As a result, state and federal officials have distributed nearly $20 million in disaster relief funds and loans to homeowners, renters and business owners across […] Continue Reading »

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