• The North Georgia Health District offices in Dalton and Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will be CLOSED on Monday, April 24th for a State Holiday. This also applies to all Environmental Health, WIC and Children's Medical Services. Normal hours of operation will resume the following day.


  • Hurricane Preparedness Week May 27 - June 2, 2012

    Hurricane Preparedness Week
    Prepare now for disaster beginning with emergency kit

    Dalton (GA) May 14, 2012 - According to the National Weather Service, history teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane Preparedness Week 2012 runs from May 27th through June 2nd.
    Prepare for Emergencyclick image to get the "Prepare Your Family for Emergency" Guide
    "Individuals and families should prepare for disasters such as hurricanes before they strike," said Claude Craig, Director of Emergency Management for Whitfield County and Chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. "We are affected by hurricanes in this area due to the tropical moisture, winds and tornadoes they produce. Evacuees and other storm victims often need to be sheltered here."

    In the event you will need to go to a shelter or need to shelter-in-place due to a storm or other disaster, you should prepare an emergency kit well in advance. This means having your own food, water and other basic supplies that you, your family and your pets will need for at least 72 hours. Your supply kit should also contain items that will help you manage during power, gas and water outages. A well-equipped kit will provide good preparation for all hazards from hurricanes, to tornadoes, to a disease outbreak. For more information about supplies you will need for your emergency kit, log onto www.ready.gov or go to the North Georgia Health District website at www.nghd.org and click on the Plan for Emergency icon.

    Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. The National Weather Service National Hurricane Center website has a Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide at www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. However, remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.
  • Local Graduates Helping Young Mothers and Children

    Dalton (GA) May 8, 2012 - WIC Nutritionist Addie Crum instructs a mother and child on good nutritionWIC Nutritionist Addie Crum instructs a mother and child on good nutritionGraduates of local schools are now giving back to their community with essential services that are available to thousands in Whitfield County, many of whom take advantage of these services. . . many more are eligible.

    Addie Crum, 2005 graduate of Christian Heritage School, Maria Pimentel, 2006 graduate of Dalton High School, and 2007 Dalton High School graduate, Hannah Michaels, are all working through the local Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program to assist in supplementing the nutritional needs of young mothers and children.

    WIC serves 7,000 young mothers and children in Whitfield County, and funds are available to provide services to many others.
  • Fox attacked Morganton woman, tested positive for rabies

    Dalton (GA) May 8, 2012 - Red fox.  image courtesy of: U.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceRed fox image courtesy of: U.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceFannin County Environmental Health officials announced today that a fox which attacked a Morganton woman on May 4 has tested positive for rabies.

    Environmental Health Specialist Shannon Bradburn reported that the fox attacked the woman last Friday morning as she walked her dog on Dennis Drive.

    "She was suddenly hit from behind by the fox, which bit her leg before running away," said Bradburn.

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