September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. The Forest County Health Department would like to take this time to give our community members pointers on being prepared for emergencies that could happen.

We all like to think that we will never have to be faced with a weather related emergency such as storm related power outages, floods, or tornadoes or a public health threat such as disease outbreaks or have to deal with the after effects of a hazardous material spill. but what if we do? The best thing we as a community can do is be aware and be prepared.

Here is a list of things to do:

  • Create an emergency plan for your family, including a checklist of what needs to be done and assign tasks to each member
  • Keep an emergency phone list that includes numbers for a doctor, the emergency department, fire and police
  • Note local TV channels and radio stations with frequent news broadcasts
  • Check the Forest County website for information on emergency situations
  • Create a Three Day Emergency Kit. Go to for info on what to have in your three day emergency supply kit
  • Have a buddy system in place. A buddy system can be set up with neighbors, friends and family. Plan ahead for how you will help each other in an emergency. Give your buddy a key to your home

Emergencies can happen at any time. Having the tools and plans in place before an emergency occurs could save your life. Please call us at 715-478-3371 if you have any questions. Like us on Facebook to stay informed and to get more tips on Emergency Preparedness

Follow the links below for more information

Three Day Emergency Supply List

FEMA Family Emergency Plan



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