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Public health threats are always present. Whether caused by natural, accidental, or unintentional means, these threats can lead to the onset of public health incidents. Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats is critical for protecting and securing our residents’ public health.

The Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department (SMCHD) is devoted to ensuring that you are informed and prepared for public health emergencies in our community.

In case of an emergency, the SMCHD can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During business hours, (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday) please contact the health department at (715) 526-4808. During non-business hours, please report public health emergencies by calling the Shawano Sheriff's Department at (715) 526-3111.

Have a Plan

Decide how your family members should contact each other if you are apart when the disaster occurs, where you will go if you need to leave home, and where you will gather inside the home (e.g., a safe room or basement). Establish an out-of-town contact. It is also a good idea to have a list of important phone numbers (family, schools, care providers, doctors, insurance agents, employers, etc.). Practice your plan.

Make a Disaster Kit

Have enough food, water and essential supplies to last three days. Include medicine, copies of prescriptions, flashlights, extra batteries, blankets, first aid supplies, personal hygiene items, proper seasonal clothing, cash, a battery operated or crank radio, a weather radio, cell phones and chargers, important documents, and other supplies your family may need.

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Be Informed

Sign up with a free CodeRED account to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.

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