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National Public Health Week: Don't Panic

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Whether it's a flood, earthquake, wildfire or power outage, when any emergency threatens, there's not a lot of time to act. Preparing ahead of time will help ensure the right steps are taken during an emergency, and in some cases this could mean the difference between life and death.

Here are some tips to help you prepare:
* Gather household members to create to plan on how to respond to each disaster. Consider including loved ones living outside of the household.
* Put together an emergency supply kit for your household, car, and work-place with enough supplies to last for at least 72 hours.  
* Have a communications plan in case you are separated during an emergency. 
* Bring together your neighborhood to create a neighborhood plan.

Public health starts at home. From family nutrition and maternal health to safety precautions and disaster preparedness, the first step the community takes toward public health are in the comfort of their own home. Empower yourself to take action through better meal planning, safety upgrades, and preparing for emergencies.

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is the American Public Health Association's annual celebration of the public health efforts in disease prevention in our communities. The goal of this week it to educate and engage people in the movement to create a healthier America for ourselves and generations to come.

Sponsors of the National Public Health Week:

Nevada Public Health Association (NPHA) www.apha.org

Washoe County Health District (WCHD), www.washoecounty.us/health and www.gethealthywashoe.com

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), www.health.nv.gov

Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS), gethealthycarsoncity.org

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org 

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