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JACKSON, Tenn. – The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department joins the

Federal Emergency Management Agency in recognizing September as National Preparedness

Month. We encourage people to prepare for emergencies now and throughout the year. The

2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

Be prepared for power outages. Stock up on batteries, sign up for local alerts and warning

systems, and have non-perishable food and water on hand. Have a power outage plan for

medical devices powered by electricity. Only use generators outdoors and away from


“Immediate help may not be available during disasters,” Emergency Response Director Lynn

Mooney said. “It’s important to prepare now so you’re not caught off guard later.”

Keep freezers and refrigerators closed if the power goes out. “Cold holding food in a

refrigerator should be 41oF. If food in a refrigerator is out of the 41oF range for more than

four hours, throw it away,” Environmental Health Program Director Candy Overstreet said.

“If there is an extended power outage and the temperature outside is 41oF or less, outside

storage could be an option.”

Be prepared to relocate. Have an emergency kit stocked with enough supplies to last for at

least 72 hours. Recommended items include:

 Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)

 Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)

 Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio

 Flashlight and batteries

 First aid kit

 Whistle to signal for help

 Three days’ worth of prescriptions

 Cash

 Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and

bank account records in a waterproof container

Download the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s ReadyTN app on your mobile

device. The app provides information for Tennesseans about road conditions, weather

updates, open shelters, contacts for county emergency agencies and more. Find more

information about TEMA’s ReadyTN app at https://www.tn.gov/tema/ready-tn.html.

Make sure all vaccinations are up to date. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a yearly flu vaccine. Adults need a tetanus

and diphtheria (Td) booster shot every 10 years. Find more information about recommended

vaccinations at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/.

Call the health department at 731-423-3020 to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated.

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