The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s former director, Dr. Ali Khan, notes, "If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack." Please read on to find out what Catawba County Public Health is doing to prepare and how you can prepare too.
The terrorist attacks of 2001 raised our awareness about the need to be prepared for any event that could threaten the health and well-being of Catawba County residents. As our concern for your safety increases, so does our preparedness. Linked with county, regional, state, and national resources, Catawba County Public Health receives up-to-date information on any biological or communicable disease occurrence that could affect your health. When the need arises for critical health information, you can depend on Public Health to be prepared to respond.
How can you prepare?
Take time now to prepare for you and your family. You can get prepared in three easy steps!
Step 1: Build a kit.
Your kit should incorporate supplies that can help you survive an emergency for three days. Most items can be picked up from any local store. Items to pack include:
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days) for drinking and sanitation
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- A NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Check out the full list of recommended supplies.
Step 2: Make a plan.
Before an emergency happens, take into consideration the following:
- How will you communicate with your loved ones?
- Make a list of important contacts including out-of-town contacts, school numbers, and work numbers.
- Where will you meet if you’re separated?
- Determine a neighborhood and regional evacuation place.
- Where does your family spend most of their time?
- Find out your children’s school emergency plan or your closest relative’s office plan.
- Most important, does your family know your plan?
- Write up important information, in a business card-size, so that it can be kept with you and your family members at all times.
Step 3: Get informed.
Taking time now to educate yourself may help save lives later.
- North Carolina has its own website dedicated to preparing residents for emergencies. Check it out.
- Do you know your community’s emergency plans for shelter and evacuation?
- Do you know what a POD is? During a public health emergency you may be asked to go to a special Point of Dispensing site – also called a POD. Become familiar with what a POD is, read about it. or watch a video.
- Do you know how to find out about important information during an emergency?
To get geographic targeted emergency updates, sign up for . By registering, you’ll be added to Catawba County’s emergency call list. This service may be used to warn residents of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, natural disasters, or other emergencies affecting your area.
Contact Catawba County Public Health for answers. Our staff is available to help.
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am—5:00 pm
Need More Information?
- Part of Catawba County is in the Emergency Planning Zone for McGuire Nuclear Power Plant. Check out the map to see if you live in the Emergency Planning Zone and learn more about preparing for a nuclear emergency.
- CDC Public Response Service
English: (888) 246-2675
Espanol: (888) 246-2857
TTY: (866) 274-2646
- N.C. DHHS CARE-LINE Information and Referral Service
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am—5:00 pm, except state holidays
(800) 662-7030 (English and Espanol)
TTY: (877) 452-2514
- Other resources: