September is National Preparedness Month! Click here to read the President's Proclamation.
Public health emergencies are the focus of this program and include hurricanes, disease outbreaks, acts of terrorism, and pandemic influenza.
The Office of Preparedness and Response was created in 2002 at the state level. In addition, the state has four regional teams. Onslow County is part of the Eastern Regional Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. The team is based out of Winterville.
The Onslow County Health Department has developed plans and guidelines for how we should protect residents during emergencies and disasters that could occur within the county. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) help guide our planning.
Annually, the Health Department, community partners, and first responders test our plans. Results of the exercises provide guidance in updating the plans.
Visit Onslow County government's home page to sign up for Connect CTY. Connect CTY sends automatic notification to a phone, cell phone, and/or email address if there is an emergency event.
Print a copy of the Emergency Plan/Emergency Kit checklists for your refrigerator. Keep this form on your refrigerator until every needed item is checked! Be prepared for hurricane season!
□ Plastic, rolling storage container.
□ Bottled water.
□ Non-perishable food items.
□ Battery-powered/hand crank or weather radio.
□ Flashlight and extra batteries.
□ First aid kit.
□ Dust mask.
□ Plastic sheeting.
□ Duct tape.
□ Moist towelettes/personal care items.
□ Garbage bags.
□ Wrench, pliers, multi-purpose tool, gloves.
□ Manual can opener.
□ Local maps.
□ Cell phone with charger, traditional phone.
□ Prescription medication.
□ Extra glasses.
□ Infant formula and diapers, baby food.
□ Pet food and water.
□ Activities for children.
□ Cash or traveler’s checks.
□ Emergency reference materials.
□ Sleeping bags, bedding, towels.
□ Change of clothes, hat, sunscreen.
□ Bleach and dropper (16 drops/gallon).
□ Fire extinguisher.
□ Matches in water-proof container.
□ Paper/plastic towels, plates, utensils, cups.
□ Paper and pencil.
□ Important documents and personal papers.
□ Insect repellant
Where can I get information to help keep myself and my family safe during an emergency?
These websites have information about emergency planning for individuals, families, homes, businesses, and schools: www.ready.gov, readync.org, www.redcross.org.
Chemical Emergencies Overview.
Natural Disaster and Severe Weather Overview.
Recent Outbreaks and Incidents Overview.
Terrorist Bombing Overview.
Radiological Emergencies Overview.
18 Emergency Preparedness Topics formatted for the deaf, blind, and limited sight populations.
When Disaster Strikes