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By Carissa Sitki
The Calhoun County Health Department (CCHD) has completed their Flood Preparedness Plan booklets. They are now available for pickup at the department and will be available at various locations throughout the county. The booklets are intended to inform the public about what to do before, during, and after a flood.
The CCHD was able to have these booklets made thanks to a highly competitive $30,000 grant Calhoun County received from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Calhoun was one of only four counties to receive these grant funds.
In addition to an Earth Day festival that was held in April, and a flash flood model that was made by CCHD Environmental Program Director Annie Rose, the County used a portion of the NACCHO grant funds to create these flood preparedness plan materials, which include a brief history of flooding in Calhoun and how climate change is directly affecting the area. The booklets will also help businesses learn what to do before, during, and after a flood.
They will automatically be distributed to restaurants and businesses and will be given to homeowners per request. There is no charge for the booklets and they can be picked up at CCHD during their office hours from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The department can be reached by phone at 618-576-2428.