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Florida Department of Health Encourages Kids To Be a Hero and ‘Spill The Water!’ To Fight Mosquitoes

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Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health is educating Florida’s youth on mosquito bite prevention and enlisting their help in the fight against mosquito-borne illnesses in a new campaign that encourages kids to “Spill the Water!”

This year’s hurricane season has been quite active, and the Florida Department of Health in Highlands County encourages you to make preparations to help ensure your safety should severe weather occur in our area. Every hurricane season should be treated as a serious threat, and taking simple precautions can help you stay healthy and safe when weather-related hazards impact our state.

Here’s how you can be prepared:

• Develop or update an emergency evacuation plan and review the plan carefully with your family – don’t forget to include your pets in your plan;

• Make sure you have adequate insurance by contacting your insurance company or agent;

• Assemble a disaster supply kit;

• Strengthen your home and complete any needed repairs;

• Identify your trusted sources of information for any severe weather event or hurricane. Credible and timely information is very important to taking the appropriate actions in the event of an emergency; and

• Complete a written hurricane plan and keep it in a safe, easily accessible location.

Everyone living in Florida should have an emergency preparedness kit that meets your specific needs. Some items you may want to include in your kit are:

• Water (at least one gallon a day per person);

• Non-perishable packaged or canned food (enough for at least 3 to 7 days);

• Any necessary medication (enough for two weeks);

• Written instructions for care and medication (including medication dosages, a list of medical devices you use and a list of your doctors);

• First aid kit;

• Flashlights with extra batteries;

• Pet care items (including any pet medications); and

• Other important documents (stored in a waterproof container).

In certain situations, it may be safest for you to evacuate from your home to a more secure location, like a shelter. If you have a disability or a medical condition, it may be beneficial for you to register with your local emergency management office.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management offers an interactive online tool to help you develop an emergency plan for yourself, your family or your business. For more information or to create your plan, visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/getaplan/

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