Community Preparedness: The Facts
Research on preparedness shows that people who believe themselves "prepared" for disasters often aren't as prepared as they think. Forty percent of survey respondents did not have household plans, 80 percent had not conducted home evacuation drills, and nearly 60 percent did not know their community's evacuation routes.
Nearly 20 percent of survey respondents reported having a disability that would affect their capacity to respond to an emergency situation, but shockingly only one out of four of them had made arrangements specific to their disability to help them respond safely in the event of an emergency.
Our nation's emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT/paramedics, and other emergency responders do an incredible job of keeping us safe, but they can't do it alone. We must all embrace our individual responsibility to be prepared – in doing so, we contribute to the safety and security of the nation as well.
Becoming more prepared in case of an emergency is easier than you might think. Whether it's your home, your neighborhood, your place of business, or your school, you can take a few simple steps to prepare your community. This toolkit gives you the basics for getting started.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
It can be hard to talk about your mental health, particularly if you’re struggling. But reaching out for help by having a #RealConvo with someone in your life is a necessary step to take in feeling better. It’s also a strong thing to do.
Click here for straightforward guidance for having a conversation that can make all the difference.
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
Behavioral Health Services Available
at Crawford County Health Department
Professional Counseling Solutions, a program of Catholic Charities, provides counseling services to Crawford County residents by appointment at our facility. Services include individuals, couples, families and children in the areas of anxiety, depression, grief/loss, PTSD, ADD, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, family conflict, and stress management. No referral necessary. Most insurances accepted; fee forgiveness scale available. For more information, please contact our office at 618-544-8798.
Telehealth sessions with psychiatrist Dr. Paras Harshawat are held monthly. Dr. Harshawat treats all age groups and accepts Medicaid and most other insurances. Appointments MUST be scheduled through Harsha Behavioral Center at 812-234-4899. When scheduling appointments, please request to be seen at the Crawford County Health Department location.
No referral necessary.
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WIC Income Guidelines have increased as of July 1, 2019!
As of July 1, 2019 WIC income guidelines have increased. If you are a pregnant woman, have a child under the age of 5 years or an infant, you may apply to receive supplemental food from the WIC program. Please call
544-8798 for more information or to apply. WIC is a supplemental food program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Click on the word "Guidelines" above for the income eligibility guidelines.
USDA FNS Nondiscrimination Statement: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cr/fns-nondiscrimination-statement
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Crawford County Social Services and Mental Health Resources
Click on the link above for information and telephone numbers for area agencies dealing with emergency, abuse, basic needs, financial assistance, housing, medical, mental health services, support groups, and transportation