The Emergency Preparedness program of Sarpy/Cass Health Department is responsible for identifying all risks that could impact the public health of our communities. In addition, we create, maintain, and practice emergency response plans designed specifically to address the potential disasters. Sarpy/Cass Health Department Emergency Preparedness works closely with many local and federal agencies to help insure the continued well-being of the residents should we face a disaster. Community education is essential to our mission. Through presentations, trainings, and the distribution of information we strive to help every resident, and business, understand our local risks and prepare for them appropriately. Please visit our links below to access more information on specific hazards, creating a plan, and resources to help you become prepared for any emergency.
|Emergency Preparedness Contact Information|
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
402-339-4334 x 6972
- Water Quality
Recent flood conditions can pose threats to the quality of private water supplies. Floodwaters may contain fecal material and other contaminants from overflowing sewage systems, agricultural run-off and industrial byproducts. Nebraska residents can request kits from the Nebraska Public Health Environmental Laboratory to test for coliform bacteria in their private wells. Kits can be ordered online at http://www.nebraska.gov/dhhs/water-test-kits/private.html or by calling (402) 471-3935, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Coliform tests cost approximately $15.00.
Public drinking water supplies are being closely monitored by a team of DHHS field staff and some systems have been impacted by the flooding. Local officials already have or will notify impacted residents as information becomes available.
See Flooding May Contaminate Private Wells (DHHS Press Release) for more information private well water safety following the recent flood emergency.
- Food Safety
Following a flood or power outage, some food in your home may not be safe to eat. Some food items and containers must be thrown out, while others can be cleaned and sanitized. See Food and Water Safety After a Flood for more information.
- Home and Property Clean-Up
When returning home following a flood, it is important to take precautions to reduce the possibility of injury, illness and disease. Follow all guidance of local authorities for safe re-entry into your home. Ensure you wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including long pants, long sleeves, boots, goggles, hard hats, N-95 respirators and sturdy gloves. The following resources may be helpful in the home and property clean-up process:
- Behavioral Health
Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions following a disaster. It is important to find healthy ways to cope, and to know when to ask for professional help. The following resources may be helpful in assisting with managing stress following a disaster:
Flooding can create conditions favorable for tetanus, and uncommon but very serious disease. Contact your healthcare provider to inquire about the status of your tetanus vaccine. It is recommended that adults receive a booster for tetanus every 10 years. See Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders for more information.