Emergency Preparedness

COVID-19

In early March 2020, a highly contagious respiratory illness called COVID-19, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, that has rapidly spread worldwide since December 2019, was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. At Healthy Acadia, we feel the most important thing we can all do is be educated about the virus and prepared to do our part in slowing its spread. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our community members. 

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation that is impacting the country, our state, and events of all kinds. Please visit the Maine CDC website for tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, what to do if you are experiencing symptoms, and more.

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Healthy Acadia is committed to promoting emergency preparedness efforts across Washington and Hancock counties, helping communities prepare for disasters, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, ice storms, extended power outages, and other emergencies.

Healthy Acadia plays a role through the following initiatives:

• Local Action Teams, including the MDI Emergency Preparedness Team
• Collaborative efforts with the Maine Center for Disease Control
• As a member of the Maine Public Health Association

If there were an emergency, would you be ready?

To best prepare for an emergency, follow these steps:

  • Make or get an emergency kit, including water and food supplies. Click here for a list of recommended supplies. You can also purchase an Emergency Preparedness Kit in a variety of locations in the region. For more information, contact us at info@healthyacadia.org
  • Make a plan for emergency contact communication, in case family and friends are separated during a disaster.
  • Be informed by checking media for global, national and local information.
  • Get involved by taking response training such as first aid, or by volunteering to support local first responders.

 

Resources:


The Americal Public Health Association website offers several videos with preparedness tips: http://www.getreadyforflu.org/videos.htm

American Public Health Association’s Get Ready Campaign: http://www.getreadyforflu.org/newsite.htm

Preparedness Information for People with Disabilities: http://www.getreadyforflu.org/disabilities.htm

Emergency Stockpile Recipes – recipes that can be easily made without refrigeration or cooking: http://www.getreadyforflu.org/RecipeContest.htm

Flu Near You – this online surveillance tool tracks influenza activity in your area: https://flunearyou.org/

Vision
All our communities are well prepared for potential disasters or hazards, with strong coordination among organizations, and with community members who are ready, informed and involved.
Contact Healthy Acadia at info@healthyacadia.org for information on how to purchase one of these Emergency Preparedness kits.