Emergency Preparedness

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
Brittney Hensley
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
402-339-4334 x 6972
bhensley@sarpycasshealth.com

 

 

 

 

Resources

Flooding

  • 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:

Reentering Your Flooded Home Resources
Homeowners Guide to Mold Cleanup After a Flood
Household Hazardous Waste Sites
Floodwater Sediment Cleanup

 

  • 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:

Emotional First Aid After Storms Sweep Nebraska - DHHS Press Release
Taking Care of Your Emotional Health After a Disaster

 

  • Vaccinations

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.
 

Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) Planning Information
  Planning Considerations
Liability Protection
Planning Guide
Closed POD Kit
Closed POD Plan Template

Weather
     Flooding
     Tornado Safety
Winter Preparedness
     Winter Weather
     Weather Warning vs. Watch

Power Outages
     Need to Know
     Food Safety

Planning
     Traveling Smart
     Family Emergency Planning Checklist
     Emergency Supply Kit
Summer Safety Tips
Disaster Menu Planning
Disaster Planning Considerations for Seniors