Emergency Management

Helpful information for dealing with power outages
Posted By Hunter George on Nov 16th, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recommends the following for preventing foodborne illnesses. Take care of your health by discarding foods that could spoil after a power outage:

  • Discard any perishable foods that have been without refrigeration and above 45°F for more than two hours.
  • Discard any perishable food that is above 45°F for more than two hours.
  • Food items that can be kept for a limited time without refrigeration include: Hard processed cheese such as cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan and Romano; Butter, margarine; Opened fruit juices, canned fruits, vinegar-based dressings, peanut butter, jellies, mustards; Breads, rolls, cakes, muffins, waffles, pancakes, bagels, fruit pies, fruit, herbs, spices and raw vegetables.
  • After power is returned, it is acceptable to re-freeze frozen foods that still contain ice crystals and are 45°F or lower. This may result in a reduction in the quality of the product.
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    Pierce County Joint Information Center Opens
    Posted By Sheri Badger on May 1st, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Tacoma, WA – May 01, 2009 – The Tacoma Pierce County Joint Information Center is open to support the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department. Questions and information regarding the Human Swine H1N1 flu can be directed to the Department of Emergency Management at 253-798-7470 or Tacoma Pierce County Health Department at 253-798-6500

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    Joint Information Center closes
    Posted By Sheri Badger on May 1st, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    Tacoma, WA – May 01, 2009 – The Pierce County Joint Information Center is closing for the weekend. The emergency management public information officer can be reached at 253-377- 4149.

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    Pierce County cases are not human swine flu
    Posted By Sheri Badger on May 1st, 2009 at 6:48 AM

    Tacoma, WA – May 01, 2009 – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received news late this afternoon from the state Department of Health that the two hospitalized students from Lakes High School suspected of possibly having Human Swine Influenza have been confirmed as negative for swine flu. The third student showing milder symptoms, tested negative by rapid influenza testing and was not hospitalized. The samples were tested through two different measures and both tests indicated that swine flu was not present in these cases.

    Director of Health for Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Dr. Anthony Chen said, “This is the best possible outcome. Superintendent Debbie LeBeau was very wise and prudent in her decision to close Lakes High School until the results of the test were clear.” Dr. Chen stated, “Nonetheless, the community should be aware that we are still in flu season and not let its guard down. We should continue to use precautionary practices to prevent the spread of illness.”

    To avoid getting or spreading infections, the Health Department continues to recommend: *If you are sick, stay at home. If your child is sick do not send them to school. *Wash your hands often and thoroughly. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner. *Cover your cough with the inside of your elbow or with a tissue. *If you or your family is feeling sick and needs to leave home to see the doctor, wear a mask.

    The Health Department has prepared several informative fact sheets giving instruction on how to deal with a potential flu outbreak at home, at work, at school and in shelters. There is also a fact sheet on how to take care of sick people at home or in a school dormitory. To access these fact sheets go to: www.tpchd.org

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    Health Department Awaits H1N1 Test Results
    Posted By Sheri Badger on May 1st, 2009 at 4:25 AM

    Tacoma, WA – May 01, 2009 – Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is awaiting the results of laboratory analysis of samples taken from three Lakes High School students who possibly have Human Swine Flu. The Department is working closely with the school, which has closed until the analysis is complete in the next day or two. As an added precaution, the Department is asking that Lakes High School students remain at home and avoid large social groupings until those results are in.

    The Health Department has been on alert since Sunday, working one-on-one with hospitals, providers, and schools to detect any instances of H1N1. The Lakes High School situation is not resulting in any increase in the already heightened surveillance of the Health Department.

    The Department is ready, if necessary, to implement long-standing plans to respond to an influenza epidemic. There have only been 16 probable cases statewide so far. But in an abundance of caution, the Department is conducting numerous preparatory activities such as reviewing existing plans to use schools for initial evaluation of symptomatic people in the event of a widespread outbreak.

    At times of uncertainty, it may be tempting to run to the doctor at the first sneeze. That is simply not called for. Think about what you would do if you had the normal, seasonal flu. Rest, drink a lot of fluids, and take Tylenol and cough drops as necessary. You may need to see the doctor if you have serious symptoms such as: fever of that has lasted more than three days, bad sore throat, difficulty breathing, severe cough, chest pain or rapidly worsening symptoms.

    Your doctor will evaluate you and follow recommendations to see if you need to be tested or prescribed an anti-viral medication. To avoid getting or spreading infections, the Health Department continues to recommend: * Wash your hands often and thoroughly. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner. * Cover your cough with the inside of your elbow or with a tissue. * If you or your family is feeling sick and needs to leave home to see the doctor, wear a mask. Adds Dr. Anthony Chen, Director of Health: *If you are sick, stay at home. If your child is sick, keep him or her at home; do not send him or her to school or day care.*

    The Health Department has prepared several informative fact sheets giving instruction on how to deal with a potential flu outbreak at home, at work, at school and in shelters. There is also a fact sheet on how to take care of sick people at home or in a school dormitory. To access these fact sheets go to: www.tpchd.org

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