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Get your pets ready during National Pet Preparedness Month

June marks National Pet Preparedness Month and is a perfect opportunity for you to learn how to plan for your pet’s safety during an emergency event.

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If you need to evacuate your home for any reason, do not forget to plan for your furry, scaly, or feathered friends. The Ready Campaign offers guidance and tips with regard to:

  • Making a pet emergency plan.
  • Preparing shelter for your pet.
  • Protecting your pet during a disaster and caring for them afterwards.
  • Tips for large animals.

Learn more about how to prepare your pet(s) for emergency situations at www.ready.gov/animals.

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Preparedness event showcases responses to opioid crisis

The Region 15 Healthcare Coalition sponsored a MASH Showcase event Thursday, May 25, at Bluegrass Airport as part of its annual disaster preparedness planning to showcase resources available for medical emergency response.

The event featured a presentation on the opioid crisis in Kentucky, especially the Central Kentucky area made up by Region 15. Emphasis was placed on how communities must work together to fight the problem. Information on needle-exchange programs was also shared, along with other avenues of reaching vulnerable populations affected by the opioid crisis.

LFCHD staff who participated included: Dan Satterfield,  Skip Castleman, Laura Collins, Lindsay Earlywine, Kevin Hall, Kim Harris, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, John Isaac, Cara Kay, Jill Keys, Ralph McCracken, Lynnsey McGarrah, Molly Roberts and Kara Stanfield.

You can see more from the event in the pictures below and through our Facebook Live broadcast: Region 15 Healthcare Coalition Showcase.

 

Pet Sounds: 345 rabies shots given at annual clinic

18519565_10155465600579739_4653715147973958619_nAs this puppy shows, everyone was all smiles at Thursday’s low-cost rabies vaccination clinic held at Valley Park. We provided rabies shots to dogs and cats as part of the annual event. The Environmental Health team worked hard planning the event, which was a huge success thanks to their efforts before and during the clinic!

We also held a Facebook Live broadcast, which can be found here: 2017 Rabies Vaccination Clinic.

LFCHD takes part in statewide Zika summit

The Kentucky Department for Public Health held a statewide Zika summit in Lexington yesterday to help public health professionals prepare for mosquito season. Our health department  had several employees take part, including appearing on stage during a demonstration to show how an agency might respond if a Zika case is reported.

You can see the news reports here:

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Fight the Bite: LFCHD hosts media event on mosquito control program

Changes to the way the health department fights mosquitoes each summer prompted a special media event Wednesday morning. Dr. Kraig Humbaugh and Barrett Schoeck talked to reporters about the updates, while Bailey Preston and Kevin Hall hosted a Facebook Live broadcast.

 

 

Employees’ pets help promote May 4 Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department employees took time to share pictures of their own pets in order to help build a social media campaign to promote Environmental Health’s annual low-cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic.

Some of the social media campaign posts:

There was an overwhelming response from staff this year! Unfortunately, we were not able to use all the photographs submitted. Please check out some of your co-workers cute and cuddly family friends in the slideshow below. This year’s clinic will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Valley Park.

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Environmental Health & Protection team gets in on a Countdown

EH countdown1The Environmental Health & Protection team used the LFCHD team-building opportunity to play in the Countdown Games on March 20.

The Countdown Games involve groups of people teaming up to solve puzzles and use clues to escape from a room or area within an hour. The games are not only fun but also require the teams to work together and rely on each other to solve problems and navigate obstacles. Read more…

Governor declares March 13-17 Environmental Health Professionals Week

Kentucky is honoring environmental health professionals for their many contributions to our public health infrastructure. Gov. Matt Bevin has officially proclaimed March 13-17 as “Environmental Health Professionals” Week, saying in part that environmental health specialists in Kentucky “conduct thousands of statewide inspections and investigations each year to ensure the safety and health of Kentucky residents, visitors and our environment.” Read more…

Halloween safety tips

Is your family ready to trick or treat? From costumes to candles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers guidelines to ensure your family has a howling good time

While choosing a costume for your child can be fun, it’s important to choose wisely. Look for “flame resistant” costumes that are brightly colored or trimmed with reflective tape to make them more visible to motorists. Trick-or-treat bags should also be brightly colored or decorated with reflective tape.

The CPSC also encourages parents and caregivers to:

  • Use flameless candles for jack-o’-lanterns and other decorations.
  • Only use decorative light strands (indoors or outdoors). Be sure a recognized testing laboratory has tested your decorative lights. You can find this information on the packaging.

According to the U.S Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 10,300 fires were reported to fire departments over a three-day period around Halloween between 2011 and 2013. Stay safe with additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Halloween Safety page or this USFA Halloween Safety video.

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This information was provided by FEMA and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Dan Satterfield.

LFCHD holds annual rabies clinic

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Our Environmental Health team gave 313 rabies shots last Thursday as part of its annual low-cost clinic for the community. The event was held 6-9 p.m. at Douglass Park.

State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets maintain a current rabies vaccination. The LFCHD Rabies Control Program received 766 animal bite reports last year, with LFCHD staff making sure each animal was up to date on all rabies vaccination shots.

The clinic also provided pet owners with the opportunity to purchase an animal license, which costs $8 if the animal has been spayed or neutered. A license costs $40 if the animal has not been fixed or the owner has no proof of alteration. Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control, the Lexington Humane Society and the Lexington-Fayette County Division of Parks and Recreation Department also sponsored the clinic.

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