Here to Help

Sac County Health Services’ goal is to develop and enhance emergency response plans and partnerships within the community to prepare for a public health emergency. Public health emergencies may be due to outbreaks of infectious disease, acts of terrorism, or natural disasters.

Sac County Health Services has a bio-emergency plan that includes monitoring suspicious and contagious illnesses, tracking them, and preventing their spread. Annual drills to practice and improve response are part of Sac County Health Services’ commitment to preparation.

Sac County Health Services staff collaborate with other community partners to increase communication between agencies and the sharing of resources.

Be Prepared!

Public health emergencies may occur without any warning or very little warning which is why Sac County Health Services encourages every resident to do what they can to prepare for these emergencies before they occur.

The first thing to do is develop a communication plan. Many times family members may not be at the same location when an emergency occurs. Children may be at school and adults may be at work or at other locations. It is important to designate a place to meet as well as a backup location. Also, a person should be designated as an emergency contact. This person should not live in the same neighborhood.

Next, make an emergency supply kit. There may not be time to search for supplies during or after an emergency and stores may not be open to buy the supplies you need. The kit should include the following supplies according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

  • Water – at least one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days, stored in a plastic container.
  • Food – at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable food.
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Prescription Medications
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra Batteries
  • Can Opener
  • Bedding for each person
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Dust mask or cotton T-shirt for each person to help filter the air
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • Waterproof container to store important documents