Community Health Nursing (HAT1)
HAT Task 4
Disaster in Franklin County
After a tornado ripped through Franklin County causing damage to homes and business, causing flooding, downed power lines, and other accidents to follow including a hazardous waste spill, public health was a key part of the recovery process for the community. Public health was focused on keeping residents safe from different concerns due to the disaster. It was important that they assured the community they were nearby and concerned with their needs that the community was in “good hands” and receiving reliable information.
By identifying immediate and long term health worries, they were able to formulate a public service announcement, assess water concerns, assess needs of the special populations and residents in affected area, and work with vendors to help maintain sanitary conditions. Public health was able to notify people of a “boil alert” and educated on proper water and food handling regarding temperature and safety and organizes safe drinking water to be brought in. A local shelter was inspected. Possible contaminated food was disposed of at the shelter and the unsanitary bathrooms were acknowledged, leading to the bringing in of portable toilets and hand sanitizers for safety. People’s pets were with them, yet encouraged to try to find alternative housing temporarily for them, whether family, or through the contacting of out sources such as the humane society.
Also inspected were local restaurants when they felt they were at the point to re-open. Public health had to insure that food and water, as well as trash were being handled correctly and the correct licensure was in place.
As residents called with questions, information was provided regarding tetanus vaccines and the current CDC guidelines regarding who was at risk and who should receive the vaccine. The public health nurse was also available for in home visits and...