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The “Fire Chief’s Guide to Smallpox Vaccination” is available at http://www.iafc.org.


Are you ready? Guides to Citizen Preparedness

For information and guides to Citizen Preparedness, we recommend visiting the American Red CrossU.S. Department of Homeland Securityand the Federal Emergency Management Agency websites. These sites provide valuable information to individuals, families and businesses to assist in preparing for and responding to both natural and man-made disasters. As always, if you need further information, please feel free to contact our office at (419) 734-6800 or info@ottawacountyema.org.


NEWS YOU CAN USE!!! 
WENS is now operational in Ottawa County. WENS may be used to deliver a recorded message (via 256 off-site telephone lines) to a specified area. WENS is intended to be used to disseminate emergency health and safety messages. Ottawa County Sheriff’s Dispatch is the primary activation point. Oak Harbor PD, Port Clinton PD and Ottawa County EMA are back-ups.

Unlisted phone numbers are not in the current database. Persons who wish to have their unlisted phone number added to the system can access the link at: http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/ottawa_oh/wens.cfm to sign up or  contact EMA by phone or email: mdrusbacky@co.ottawa.oh.us, or follow the link on the EMA home page to sign up.  Persons with TTY or TDD telecommunication devices should also contact EMA.


KI & YOU 
Potassium Iodide is now available to residents living or working within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone.

Potassium Iodide is a stable form of iodine that can be an effective prophylactic in reducing the risk of thyroid disease for those who might inhale or ingest radioactive iodine (radioiodine). Children are at highest risk. The threat of radiation induced thyroid disease diminishes dramatically with age.

If taken in time, the stable iodine saturates the thyroid gland, reducing the uptake of radioiodine. The radioprotective benefit of KI only applies to radioiodines, which make up a percentage of a radioactive release. It is not effective against cesium, strontium or other fission products, which could be released in a nuclear power plant accident. Potassium Iodide is not effective against direct gamma radiation from the plume or ground deposition that penetrates the thyroid. FDA emphasizes that the use of KI should be as an adjunct to evacuation, sheltering and control of foodstuffs.

Potassium Iodide is currently distributed to emergency workers who may be required to remain in the vicinity of the power plant to perform certain tasks. It is also available for institutions (i.e. hospitals and nursing homes) that may not be able to evacuate quickly.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has made potassium iodide available to the general public. To obtain a supply, contact the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6900.

The following information (.doc or .pdf files) is available regarding the use of Potassium Iodide:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH POLICY- USE OF POTASSIUM IODIDE FOR THE 10-MILE EMERGENCY PLANNING ZONE POPULATION (52 k)

FDA GUIDELINES REGARDING POTASSIUM IODIDE (40 k)

GUIDELINES FOR IODINE PROPHYLAXIS FOLLOWING NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS (98 k)