Information for the General Public
Yuba County's Emergency Services Department has important public
information for emergency preparedness, response, mitigation and
Information is available in English, Spanish and Hmong languages.
Disaster Kit and Family Plan
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your
household may need in the event of an emergency. You may need to
survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own
water and other
in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Download a list of
suggested Disaster Kit Contents.
Prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making an
emergency plan. Download the
Family Emergency Plan, print the pages and fill them in offline.
Your emergency planning should also address the
care of pets,
aiding family members with access and functional needs and
safely shutting off utilities.
Information for Kids and Low English Language Literacy Adults
Information for younger children using Sesame Street characters to
convey information is available
Espanol). Additional Sesame Street preparedness materials are
A coloring book with an emergencies preparedness theme starring Ready
Fredie is available
Survivor Tales are comic books with preparedness messages targeting
teens and low literacy adults. Two are currently available:
Survival Tales Aftershocks talks about earthquake preparedness and
Survival Tales In Deep Water talks about floods preparedness and
CDC enters the disaster preparedness comic book business using a Zombie
Apocalypse scenario to teach preparedness--see the
101 Zombie Pandemic comic book.
Pandemic Influenza (Flu) comic books are available in
Information for Persons with Disabilities
Yuba County Public Health has a
workbook where people with disabilities and their families can
fill it out and use during an emergency. This workbook
will come in handy in case the disabled patient needs to
evacuate to go to a shelter or a place where they do not have
their usual caregivers. This workbook allows you to write
any medications, medical equipment and other aids to let the
caregiver know what they need to make the temporary move more
comfortable. Please download the document
Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it.
United States Fire Administration (USFA) -
"Fire Safety for
People with Disabilities"
Information for County Employees
As a County Employee, you may be called upon as a disaster service
worker. Information on the disaster service worker program is
here. A video describing the disaster service worker
role is available
(video duration is approximately 12 minutes).
Information for Public Health Nurses
Public Health Nurses (PHNs) perform an important role in responding to a
broad spectrum of disasters that may affect Yuba County and surrounding
communities. The California Conference of Local Health Department
Nursing Directors (CCLHDND) has provided a Public Health Nurse Disaster
manual to help PHNs prepare for disasters and respond to disasters if
they occur. The latest version of the PHN Disaster Manual is
Information for Clinicians and Medical Care Providers
The Zebra Packet--Thinking
Zebras since the year 2000.
The Zebra Packet PDF document
and website is intended to be a one-stop hub in finding biological,
chemical radiological information as well as providing information
to clinicians on how to report potential exposures to the Yuba
County Health Division, Health and Humans Services Department.
Biological agents are bacteria and toxins that can cause
disease in people. Protection during a biological event
depends on the agent being used.
For example, anthrax can only affect people who come into
direct contact with it and it cannot be passed on from
person to person. But smallpox is highly contagious and
would require isolating people who have been exposed. In
response to a biological event, local authorities may give
SHELTER IN PLACE or
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Chemical agents are poisonous gases, liquids or solids that
can cause illness and death. Chemical emergencies can be
caused by industrial accidents, or through the intentional
release of harmful chemicals. Protection from chemical
Either SHELTER IN PLACE or
EVACUATION orders may be
given to provide protection. Local authorities will give
these orders only when necessary. Gas masks and protective
clothing may help in some instances, but cannot protect you
from contaminated food or water. However not all such gear
sold today is suitable for protection. Learn before you buy.
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Exposure to radiation can occur from a nuclear explosion, an
accident in a nuclear power plant, or a terrorist attack
with a dirty bomb (conventional explosives packaged with
In all cases:
1. Decrease the amount of time you spend near the source of
2. Increase your distance from the source.
3. Increase the shielding between you and the radiation.
Shielding is anything. Depending on the level of radioactive
materials used a plate glass window to several feet of concrete
can create a protective barrier between you and the
radiation source. It will be very important to listen for
emergency information about the level and location of the
source of radiation.
SELF-DECONTAMINATION: If you have been exposed to
radiation, remove your clothes as quickly as possible and
put them in a sealed plastic bag. Take a shower or
wash as thoroughly as you can with lukewarm water.