Emergency Preparedness & Bio-terrorism
The staff of Crawford County Health Department also diligently works on plans that would help our county cope during an emergency situation such as an earthquake or flood. Although many people seem to think "that won't happen to us," it is always a good idea to be prepared with food, water, shelter, and other necessities if the need arises. That is why the health department focuses on being prepared!
The following website has information that can help you to prepare for when an emergency occurs: Personal Preparedness
Also, by clicking on the picture to the left, you can learn more about volunteering for the Crawford County Medical Reserve Corps. This group of volunteers is lead by CCHD's emergency preparedness coordinator. Volunteers help when emergency scenario drills are done as well as other volunteering opportunities that will help family, friends, and neighbors in case of an emergency.
Emergency Preparedness & You
1. Get a Kit
More information can also be found by visiting the IDPH Emergency Preparedness website
Text First. Talk Second.
Almost every large scale emergency and natural disaster in the last 10 years share something in common. Each caused massive mobile phone service disruption for millions of Americans. Mobile call volume simply overwhelmed provider capacity during thise incidents. The desire to call loved ones after an emergency or disaster is natural. However, preparedness experts universally agree that during an emergency and its immediate aftermath, communicating via SMS text messaging should be your first choice. This is because non-essential calls often shutdown wireless phone service and prevent 911 calls from getting through. In fact, just a single one-minute phone call takes up the same bandwidth as 800 short SMS text messages.
In an emergency*:
- Let your friends and loved ones know you are okay with a text message, not a phone call
- Keep your text message short. "R U OK" and "IM OK" are good examples of non-emergency text messages.
- Don't use your phone unless you absolutely need to
Click here to read more about texting during an emergency situation.
*Under no circumstances is it safe to text while driving. Do not attempt to text while driving a moving vehicle or while stopped at a stop sign or red light. Wait until parking the vehicle to let friends and loved ones know you are safe.
Information on Terrorism and Traumatic Events
The following resources offer information for the general public about terrorism and stress associated with mass casualty events:
"Terrorism Preparedness," available at
“Coping With a Traumatic Event,” available at