Health

The mission of the Greene County Health Department is to Protect, Preserve and Enhance the public health of Greene County through a commitment to the principles of public health practice in our community.
 

Michael Rhodes, Director

227 Kingold Boulevard, Suite B
Snow Hill, NC 28580
Phone (252) 747-8183
Fax (252) 747-4040
Email michael.rhodes@greenecountync.gov
 

Preparing an emergency kit for your family

If a disaster strikes in your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for several days. You may think that you will have enough time to run to the grocery store, but stores quickly sell out of important supplies following emergency warnings. Unfortunately, about half of adults in the United States do not have the resources and plans in place for a possible emergency. Preparing emergency kits for your family is an important step in keeping them safe and healthy during a disaster.

Pack an emergency supply kit. Here’s what you’ll need:

At Least a 3-day Supply of Food and Water
  • Water - one gallon per person, per day
  • Food - foods that are easy to make and won’t spoil, like canned soup, dry pasta, and powdered milk
  • Manual can opener
  • Basic utensils to prepare and serve meals
Health Supplies
  • 3-day supply of all medicines, at a minimum
  • Medical supplies like syringes, a walking cane, or hearing aids with extra batteries
Personal Care Items
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Contact lenses or glasses
Safety Supplies
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket
  • Multipurpose tool (that can act as a knife, file, pliers, and screwdriver)
  • Whistle
Electronics
  • Flashlight
  • Radio (battery-powered, solar, or hand-crank) for updates on the situation
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Extra batteries
Documents
  • Keep copies of your important documents, cash, spare keys, and maps in you emergency supply kit.
  • Copies of important documents such as insurance cards and immunization records
  • Paperwork about any serious or on-going medical condition
  • Your completed family emergency plan, complete with family and emergency contact information.
You should also keep
  • Extra cash
  • Maps of the area
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys

Taking Care of Others

You may need additional supplies to make sure the whole family is ready.

For Children
  • Baby supplies like bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers
  • Games and activities for children
For Pets
  • A 3-day supply of food and water for each pet. A cat or a dog will generally need 1 gallon for three days.
  • Bowls or bottles
  • Manual can opener
  • Depending on the pet, you may need a litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and household bleach
  • Medicines and medical records stored in a waterproof container
  • First aid kit with a pet first aid book
  • A sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pets safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours.
  • Pet toys and the pet’s bed, if you can easily bring it, to reduce stress
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them, and to prove that they are your pets, in case you become separated from them.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care

CDC

 


Attention WIC Shoppers: NC eWIC is coming

Simple - No more paper! Your NC eWIC card will replace your food instruments.
Safe - Your NC eWIC card will work like a debit card at the checkout.
Convenient - Buy only the foods you need when you shop. See your benefits balance and approved products list on your smartphone.
Learn More - Ask about NC eWIC at your local WIC office. Located at Greene County Department of Public Health, 227 Kingold Boulevard, Snow Hill. Phone (252) 747-3244
Click here for the English flyer. Click here for the Spanish flyer.
 

 


 

Greene County encourages residents to take easy steps to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases

Mosquito-borne diseases are most commonly acquired from June to September, but residents of Greene County can “Tip and Toss” to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and take preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites.

“Mosquitoes are common in our area, but we can take measures to limit the risk of being bitten and contracting a mosquito-borne infection,” said Michael Rhodes, Greene County Health Director. “With concerns around the spread of the Zika virus, we can use the Tip and Toss practices to protect ourselves and our neighbors from the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.”

By knowing how to control mosquito breeding areas and how to protect yourself from being bitten, you can join us in taking precautions against the Zika virus, as well as other more common mosquito-borne illnesses in our community.

Prevent Mosquito Breeding:
Here are a few ways you can get rid of standing water and reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and property.
  • Tip or empty containers in your yard that can collect standing water from flowerpots, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes and birdbaths at least weekly.
  • Securely cover unused swimming pools and cement ponds.
  • Clean gutters so water runs freely.
  • Be sure to tightly secure screens on all openings on rain barrels used for water conservation.
  • Mosquito-proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and use air conditioning if you have it.
  • Toss or throw away any trash or leaves that may be around your home or in rain gutters. 
Protect Yourself - Reduce Exposure:
Follow these simple steps to protect yourself and your family & friends from mosquito-borne illnesses.
  • Use repellents that contains DEET (30% or less for adults, 10% or less for children) to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Wear clothing, such as long pants, long sleeve shirts and socks if possible.
  • Avoid activities in areas with lots of mosquitoes, and going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
For more information on the Zika virus, visit http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/zika/ or http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.
 

2016 State of the County Health Report

Greene County Health Department is pleased to share the 2016 State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report. This report provides an annual review of the health of our community, tracks progress regarding health priorities and concerns, and identifies new initiatives and emerging issues that affect the health status of Greene County residents.  The information is designed to educate and update community members, community leaders, elected officials and local agencies.  Click here to view the 2016 SOTCH Report.

For more information about how public health is working for you, feel free to contact Joy S. Brock by phone (252) 747-8183 or email joy.brock@greenecountync.gov

County residents are also encouraged to attend regular meetings of the Greene County Board of Health to learn more about public health in the county.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Health is Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Health Department.

 


2015 Community Health Assessment 

The Community Health Assessment process is a four‐year cycle in which local health departments across North Carolina are charged with the responsibility of conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) in their respective counties. The CHA is required of public health departments in the consolidated agreement between the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the local public health agency. Furthermore, a CHA is required for local public health department accreditation through the NC Local Health Department Accreditation Board (G.S. § 130A-34.1).

Community Health Assessments are the foundation for improving and promoting the health of the community. The role of the assessment is to identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address those issues. The completed CHA serves as the basis for prioritizing the community’s health needs and culminates in planning to meet those needs.

To view the 2015 Community Health Assessment for Greene County, please click here.

 


Community Health & Wellness Resource List

Click here to access the Greene County Community Health & Wellness Resource List

 


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For more information regarding public health issues or health department services, contact Joy S. Brock at (252) 747-8183 or joy.brock@greenecountync.gov.