National Preparedness Month

Kentucky Hospital Research & Education Foundation Emergency Preparedness Update for September 6, 2017
September is National Preparedness Month
The four simple steps of Be Ready, Be Steady, Show and Go! Can encourage households, businesses and organizations to prepare for emergencies during National Preparedness Month by taking the following actions:
1. Be Ready – Build an emergency supply kit and emergency plan. Ensure that your kit contains essential items to keep you and your family self-reliant for several days without utilities, electricity, and water or without access to a supermarket or local services. A detailed list of items to be included in the kit can be found at Make sure that everyone reads the plan and knows where to meet up when an emergency or disaster strikes. Remember to practice your plan with regular drills. For information on writing a plan visit
2. Be Steady – Maintain a level of readiness through trainings such as CPR classes, fire drills, maintaining your emergency supply kit and updating emergency plans.
3. Show – Inspire others to prepare through volunteerism, talking about preparedness and sharing online content of preparedness material with others.
4. Go! – Know where to go in an emergency and what to do when you get there.
For more information about preparing for and responding to emergencies visit

Community Calendar

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Volunteer for Medical Reserve Corps

Do you want to volunteer and be of service to your community during times of need or disaster? Consider applying to volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps. The Clark County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a part of the Clark County Health Department. MRC volunteers are properly trained to help out during emergencies, disasters, and public health practice initiatives.

KY's Tobacco Quit Line --Need Help to Stop Smoking? Use this FREE Effective Resource

The quit line is a free, statewide, telephone-based tobacco cessation resource. The quit line provides information to tobacco users and non-tobacco users on tobacco dependence and its treatment, thedangers of secondhand smoke, and other tobacco-related information. Information may include advice for family and friends on helping a tobacco user quit, and support for a quit attempt.

Are you Ready to Stop Smoking?

Sign up for Freedom From Smoking

The American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program gives you options, resources, and support to quit for good!  Freedom from Smoking is the premier smoking cessation program from the American Lung Association.  It helps you develop a plan of action that leads to your quit day.  You will also receive the support you need to remain smokefree for life.

                     What You'll Learn

  • How to know if you're really ready to quit
  • Medications that an increase your success
  • Lifestyle changes to make quitting easier
  • How to prepare for your quit day
  • Coping strategies for managing stress and avoiding weight gain
  • Developing a new self-image
  • How to stay smokefree for good


The Rewards of Becoming a Nonsmoker are GREAT........

After 20 minutes:

  • Blood pressure drops.
  • Pulse rate drops.
  • Temperature of hand and feet increase to normal

After 24 hours:

  • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
  • Chance of heart attack decreases.

After 1 year:

  • Risk of heart disease is cut in half.

After 5 years:

  • Risk of dying from lung cancer is half that of a person who continues to smoke.

 To register call (859)744-4482 






Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the HPV Vaccine

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended routine vaccination for girls 11-12 years of age. The ACIP recommendation also allows for vaccination of girls beginning at nine years old as well as vaccination of girls and women 13-26 years old.