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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cartoon-Missionary-CookingFrom United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    Cooking outdoors was once only a summer activity shared with family and friends. Now more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round. So whether the snow is blowing or the sun is shining brightly, it's important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing foodborne illness.

    Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely.
  • May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month, and even as the month ends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health partners continue to emphasize the importance of viral hepatitis prevention.

    The word "hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver, and it is most often caused by a virus. In the US, the most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications and certain medical conditions can also cause hepatitis.
  • mosquito cartoonExperts are predicting a higher than normal incidence of diseases carried by mosquitoes. A case of West Nile has already been confirmed in the Atlanta area.

    The type of mosquitoes and their impact on your daily activities will vary, depending on where you live. In heavily urbanized areas residents will more likely be affected by pesky container-breeders while rural residents may be affected by mosquitoes that breed in natural environments such as tree holes, puddles, and other stagnant shallow water. Mosquitoes never breed in running water and are usually kept in check by small fish in ponds and lakes.
  • A raccoon that attacked two dogs last week at a Fannin County residence located off Skeenah Gap Road has now tested positive for rabies, according to Monica Hodskins of the Fannin County Environmental Health Department.

    Ms Hodskins said, “The dogs killed the raccoon during the attack on May 13, and the raccoon head was sent to the state lab that same afternoon for testing. We received the positive rabies results late in the day last Friday, May 15.”
  • Roberts Ridge area residents urged to be on look out for stray dog

    Gilmer County Environmental Health officials announced today that a fox, which attacked a man at his Roberts Ridge Road home on May 8, has now tested positive for rabies.

    “The man was attacked by the fox after he had seen it in his yard earlier that day,” according to Andrea Wheeler, Gilmer County Environmental Health Manager. “He was able to kill the fox during the attack, but the man did suffer some wounds to his hands and arms for which he was immediately treated at the hospital. The fox was shipped off to the state lab for testing on May 12, and the positive rabies results were delivered on May 13.”
  • Jan Stephens of the Pickens County Environmental Health Department has reported the first case of confirmed rabies in Pickens County this year.

    "A fox came out of the woods off Old Jones Mountain Road in Talking Rock last Thursday [May 7] morning at about 9:30 and tried to attack two small dogs in the presence of their owner," Ms. Stephens said. "The dogs killed the fox and the owner reported the incident right away. We immediately shipped off the fox's head to the state lab for rabies testing and received the positive results late on Friday. Fortunately, both dogs involved were current on their rabies vaccinations."Since the dogs were up to date on their shots, they pose no threat to the public and will only need a booster rabies vaccination.

  • American Stroke MonthWhat is a Stroke?
    • A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blocked or burst blood vessel.
    What is the Impact of Stroke?
    • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States
      • On average someone suffers a stroke every 53 seconds
      • About 600,000 Americans suffer strokes each year
      • Every 3.3 minutes, someone dies of a stroke
      • Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability
      • About 4 million Americans are stroke survivors
      • Stroke costs the U.S. $30 to $40 billion a year
    More Facts about Stroke flash

    Related Links:
    National Stroke Association
    American Stroke Association
    American Stroke Association - Power to End Stroke
    Six Ways to STOP Stroke Through Risk Factor Management

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