Code Red Reminder!

Have you heard of the CodeRED system? It is a mass-notification system that can notify residents by phone, text, email, and through a smartphone app. If you have a landline, your phone number is updated in the system every November. If you don’t have a landline, would like to update information, or to receive emergency notifications by other means, fill out this form. This system is only used for emergency communications.

https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/5A0AA8D606C6

Flooding Press Release #2

Stephen Malik, Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Emergency Management
pio@lcwy.org
AFTON, Wyoming – The National Weather Service in Riverton, WY has issued a Flood Warning for all of Lincoln County as of late Wednesday. Salt River tributaries along the West side of Star Valley are rising significantly due to higher temperatures in the past week, and also precipitation both in the valley and surrounding mountains. Flooding has also begun near Cokeville.
Crow Creek has begun flooding low-lying areas in and around Fairview. Water levels have risen dramatically in the last few days. Flooding is encroaching upon roadways in the surrounding area, and nearing structures in the area as well. Tincup and other West-side tributaries of the Salt River are also fast becoming bank-full and beginning to flood surrounding areas. The Bear River, near Cokeville, has also begun flooding West of town, and also downstream towards Border. Residents in all areas of the County are encouraged to stay vigilant and ensure that preparations have been made to mitigate potential damage to homes, other structures, and equipment.
In coming days and weeks, as warmer temperatures begin to affect the upper elevations, this can dramatically increase flow rates in rivers and streams, potentially well above current levels. Waterways are being monitored continuously for flood risk in populated areas. Significant amounts of snow still remain in the flat areas along the valley floor in Star Valley. Many areas also have significant amounts of standing water in fields, due to snowmelt and precipitation. Residents should prepare for additional flooding along these waterways, and possibly at levels that have not been seen in recent years. Runoff season has only begun, and additional flooding is expected.
Lincoln County Emergency Management is focused primarily on critical infrastructure protection, but will also make resources available for local residents to help protect their own homes. We are also coordinating with local municipalities to ensure that needed resources are on hand.
There are currently no reports of homes directly affected by flooding waterways, but many homes and other structures lie in areas of risk. Early preparation is key to mitigating flood impact to residential areas.
Stay informed
Residents are encouraged to stay informed by monitoring the National Weather Service – Riverton forecast office (www.weather.gov/riw),local radio stations, and social media (https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCountyOHS/). Lincoln County Emergency Management will give updates as situations change throughout the area.
Prepare your home
If you know that you are at risk of flooding, take actions to protect your home and property before the flooding begins. Move equipment and valuable items to higher ground, create barriers, and have flood insurance if you live in the floodplain. Have supplies and tools on hand to make additional provisions if needed. Ultimate responsibility for homes and property lies with the owner.
Be aware of alert systems
In emergency situations, notification is critical. Lincoln County currently has mass-call capability through a system called CodeRED, which allows us to notify people of urgent or emergent situations via phone, text, email, and through CodeRED app alerts. If you have a landline, your numbers are automatically added to the system once a year. If you need alerts on a cell phone, or other devices, go to our website (www.lcwy.org) and click on the “CodeRED” button to enter your cell phone or email information.
Another great source for emergency alerts is NOAA Weather Radio Public Alerts. If you have a weather radio with the Public Alert function, it can lie dormant until an alert is issued, at which time it will set off a tone and provide a warning message. This system is utilized not only for weather alerts, but also for other emergencies like Amber Alerts, Boil water orders, etc. For any questions, contact Lincoln County Emergency Management.
If you are affected by flooding
If flooding occurs in basements, pumps may be used to force water back outside your home, and to mitigate further damage to property. Channel water away from your home by digging trenches or using barriers. If you live inside a municipality, contact your local government leaders and notify them of the situation in your area. For residents living outside municipalities, or for any special needs situations or questions, please contact Lincoln County Emergency Management.
Report flooding through Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at: (307)885-5231 (Star Valley Area) or (307)877-3971 (Cokeville, Kemmerer, LaBarge Areas).
Sandbags are available for public use by contacting us through LCSO dispatch in your area.
Definitions:
Advisory – An advisory is an informational statement. Advisories give a “heads up” to help you know what may be possible in the short term so that you can take it into account when planning your daily activities.
Watch – A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a significant weather event. When a watch is in effect, you should prepare yourself for in case action needs to be taken during an event.
Warning – Warnings are issued when a severe weather event is occurring or is imminent. This signifies the time to take immediate action.
For additional information, contact:
Stephen Malik, Public Information Officer
Lincoln County Emergency Management
pio@lcwy.org
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Wyoming Department of Health: Keep Poison Help Number Handy

News from the Wyoming Department of Health

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Contact: Kim Deti, Wyoming Department of Health

Phone: 307-777-6001

Contact: Wyoming Poison Center

Phone: 303-520-9591 or email denverhealthmedia@dhha.org

 

Wyoming Department of Health: Keep Poison Help Number Handy

 

Keeping the Wyoming Poison Center number handy can help families stay safe and prevent poison-related tragedies, according to a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative.

 

Wyoming Poison Center help can be reached by calling 1-800-222-1222. “We want people to keep this number visible in their homes and workplaces and to also consider programming it into their phones,” said Andy Gienapp, WDH Office of Emergency Medical Services manager.

 

Shireen Banerji, Wyoming Poison Center clinical manager, said “Poisonings can happen anywhere, anytime to anyone. We assume most poisonings happen to children who accidentally swallow something, and, yes, there are plenty of those situations. But adults can be poisoned at home or work by chemicals, pesticides, cleaners, bites and stings, medications and food.”

 

“Poison prevention requires vigilance from all members in the household and extended family, including babysitters, nannies and teachers,” Banerji said.

 

The Wyoming Poison Center handled more than 5,000 cases in 2016.

 

The WDH Office of Emergency Medical Services supports funding for Wyoming Poison Center services.  The center is part of the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center (RMPDC), located in Denver.

 

Gienapp noted poisonings are the leading cause of death by injury. Related facts include:

  • Most poisoning deaths are due to misuse and abuse of licit and illicit drugs.
  • In 2015, about 57 percent of all exposure cases involved pharmaceuticals. Other exposures were to household products, plants, mushrooms, pesticides, animal bites and stings, carbon monoxide and many other types of non- pharmaceutical substances.
  • Ingestion was the exposure route in almost 84 percent of 2015 cases. People were also exposed through the lungs, skin, eyes and other routes.

 

For additional poisoning prevention tips and resources, visit the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center website at www.rmpdc.org.

 

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Wyoming Seeing High Level of Influenza Activity

With flu activity reports showing a high level of ill­ness, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents of the common-sense steps they can take to avoid spreading influenza or be­coming ill with the disease.

“Reports have been showing high levels of activity across the state for the last few weeks. We don’t know whether we’ve yet reached the peak of activity,” said Clay Van Houten, interim state epidemiologist with WDH.

Influenza is a contagious, respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms in­clude fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches.

“Influenza should not be overlooked as a serious threat.  Our public health la­boratory testing is showing that H3N2 is the flu strain circulating around the state and nation,” Van Houten said. “This is concerning because we tend to see more hospitalizations and deaths reported during seasons when this type of flu is dominant, especially among young children and older adults.”

Common-sense measures can help slow or prevent influenza’s spread. “Covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze and cough; frequently washing your hands; and staying home from work, school, day care and errands when you are ill can help,” Van Houten said.

“Vaccines are the most important tool available to help prevent influenza and we know this season’s vaccine includes the strain circulating in Wyoming,” he said. Flu shots are still available in many locations; WDH recommends the vaccine annually for nearly everyone over the age of six months.

Van Houten reminded residents it takes about two weeks for flu vaccines to offer protection. “If you’re exposed to the virus in the meantime, you may still become ill,” he said.

Doctors may recommend prescription antiviral medications to help treat influ­enza.These medications may be especially helpful for persons at higher risk for flu complications such as young children, adults 65 andr older, persons with chronic medical conditions, persons with challenged immune systems, women who are pregnant or soon after delivery, persons less than 19 years of age who are on long-term aspirin therapy for other conditions, those who are extremely overweight, and residents of nursing homes or other chronic-care facilities.

“For antiviral medications to be a good option, it is important to seek medical care quickly once you start to become ill,” Van Houten advised.

Van Houten said residents who become ill should get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids and avoid using alcohol or tobacco. “You may also take over-the-counter medications to relieve your symptoms, but should avoid giving prod­ucts containing aspirin to children or teens with flu-like symptoms,” he said.

January is National Radon Month

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.

Visit the Wyoming Department of Health’s radon information website to learn about radon, health risks associated with radon, and how to obtain a radon testing kit.

Job Opening!

Public Health is looking for an experienced Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator for Lincoln County

Take advantage of a work environment with independence and a supportive team focused on making a difference to the health and well-being of families in the community.

The Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator works to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats.   This position works closely with the Wyoming Department of Health – Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit and Lincoln County Public Health.

Preference will be given to applicant with work experience in public health, public administration, emergency preparedness, Incident Command System, health education, health administration, biology, epidemiology, microbiology, or closely related field.

Applications may be accessed online at lcwy.org.  Submit resumes to Lincoln County Public Health Office in Afton or Kemmerer, Wyoming: 421 Jefferson, Suite #401 Afton, WY. 83110 or Kemmerer- office at 925 Sage Ave., Suite #106 Kemmerer, WY. 83101. Position will be open until filled.

 

Crisis Text Line Available in Wyoming – News from the Wyoming Department of Health

A newly available statewide Crisis Text Line will provide anonymous, continuous crisis support to Wyoming residents who may be in crisis and at risk of suicide.

Promoted by the Wyoming Department of Health, Grace For 2 Brothers Foun­dation, and the Prevention Management Organization, Crisis Text Line ena­bles anyone with a mobile phone with SMS capability to access free support by texting WYO to 741-741.

“Many of our Wyoming neighbors who struggle sometimes with depression, bullying, substance abuse, relationship problems and suicidal thoughts feel they have no one to turn to,” said Rhianna Brand, director of operations for Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation, a Cheyenne-based nonprofit focused on sui­cide prevention.

Brand noted that text messages offer a discreet, familiar and accessible form of communication available to most people.

Mikki Munson, community prevention specialist with the Prevention Manage­ment Organization, said the text line’s trained specialists with extensive train­ing in crisis intervention provide emotional support to anyone in crisis, as well as safety planning and referrals.

“This partnership with the Crisis Text Line will connect someone in crisis to a counselor in their most critical time of need,” Munson said.  Munson also not­ed the anonymous data collected by the Crisis Text Line will help Wyoming work to improve prevention efforts and mental health resources.

By: Kim Deti