Let me start this post by saying this is the first year we have not been outside during our July exercise. We made the decision early last week after looking at the long range forecast of excessive heat and knew we didn’t want people getting overheated during our exercise.
It was held at the Health Department meeting room with 38 in attendance for many disciplines. We were fortunate to get the Columbia HazMat Team to come over to participate since we decided we would have a chemical spill along with a possible radiation leak.
Our scenario started out on a Friday afternoon with temps in the mid 90s with a chance of pop up thunderstorms (sound realistic so far??). The weather forecast was calling for 70% chance of thunderstorms with damaging winds (gusts of up to 40 mph possible). Traffic is heavy and moving above the posted speed limits (I know we have seen this every Friday in the summer time). We have a box truck and a semi get together on the hill just before the Auxvasse Creek and one of them is carrying an unknown chemical. On the west bound lane just after this accident, we have a tractor trailer carrying food product collide with a van carrying medical radioactive waste.
Could this ever happen like this? We think this is a pretty likely event with the amount of traffic we get in our county and the chemicals that are hauled up and down our roadways. Next time you are traveling, watch for placards and you can look up that number to see what exactly you are passing.
Of course, fire took over incident command as soon as they arrived on the scene. We quickly realized that our resources would require mutual aid and the HazMat team would be quickly called. The radiation medical waste was so minimal, it was not a factor but we actually do have a radiation response volunteer corp that could test for contamination of surfaces and personnel if needed.
It also became quickly apparent, we would have to contact our State partners because we were having to shut down a major Federal highway for some time.
We learned some valuable lessons during this exercise but most importantly we learned we have help if we ask for it and made friendships that will last through many disasters. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and made this a success, may we continue to work together to make Callaway County more prepared!
On Thursday evening from 4-8 pm, the Callaway County Health Department and Office of Emergency Management hosted a preparedness fair at the Callaway Youth Expo. We had several vendors attend, CMCA, MRC, Callaway Emergency Communications, CERT, Health Department, Environmental Health, Emergency Management, Callaway Ambulance, North Callaway Fire Department, Southern Star Pipeline. Everyone that came was given a bingo card and they had to talk to each booth and get a sticker and were asked questions about disasters for stickers. When the bingo card was filled, they signed their name on the back for a door prize. We had 7 door prizes that were to be given away. Names were drawn and the winners were, Wade Nichols, Jacob Nichols, Adalynn Smith, Conner Marshall, Reva Kemp, Kaitlynn Murphy, and Cassidy Murphy. I hope everyone enjoys their prizes and learned something about being prepared during times of disaster.
Here is a picture of Wade and Jacob’s mom accepting their prizes, they couldn’t attend, they were showing poultry at the Youth Expo. Good luck boys.
Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s ® Honey Smacks ® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall.
Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.
According to the CDC, use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED PRODUCT
The affected product includes the following varieties distributed across the United States as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. The BEST if Used By Date can be found on the top of the cereal box, and the UPC code can be found on the bottom of the box.
||BEST If Used By Date
|Honey Smacks (with limited distribution outside the U.S.)
||JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019
|| JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019
Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.
Callaway County Proposed Regional Sewer District Facts
¨ There will be no cost to the Citizens of Callaway County.
¨ It will be User funded for operations and maintenance. (If your centralized system requests to be taken over by the Sewer District, you will pay a monthly fee for operations and maintenance)
¨ Voters in Incorporated areas will not be voting on this ballot measure.
¨ Homeowners on individual systems are not affected.
¨ Initially subdivisions with existing wastewater treatment systems will be eligible for operations and maintenance by the Sewer District.
¨ NO construction will be done at this time. This vote is only to form the sewer district for operations and maintenance of existing wastewater systems.
for more information or any questions, feel free to call our office or e-mail us.
It is time to sign up for another class. Are you interested? Please contact Tammy Wise.
Recently we have added a new class for food handlers. It is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Holt’s Summit’s McDonald’s in the play-place.
In March only the 7 pm class will not be held at Callaway County Health Department on the 27th due to the weather spotter class. We hope everyone can attend the weather spotter class
AND as always, if you study the material on this website for food handlers, you can call our office and take the test after you make an appointment.
While we try to make this class easy to attend, we can not stay late for only one or two people and that is why we offer testing most any day.
Callaway county is holding a weather spotter class on Tuesday March 27th, 2018.
weather spotter 2018
weather spotter 2018
The first one is a word document and the second is a pdf so hopefully everyone can open it.
Jim Kramper will be presenting for the National Weather Service in St. Louis. He does a wonderful job and it will help Callaway County when there is a storm of any type.
Hope to see everyone there .