Public Education

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) is responding actively to the COVID-19 situation. Our State Health Operations Center is operating at Level 1, its highest activation level. This respiratory disease was first detected in a Kentucky resident on March 6, 2020.

For the latest information on Kentucky's response to the COVID-19 situation please visit https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19

Flooding Information

With the recent amount of rain the Commonwealth has been receiving, below is some useful information about flooding and what you need to do in case of a flood.

Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering flood waters can lead to injury or death.

Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.

  • Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.

  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

  • Depending on the type of flooding:

    • Evacuate if told to do so.

    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.

    • Stay where you are.

Summer Safety

Learn How to Avoid Heat-related Illnesses and Death

 

T he human body is normally able to regulate its temperature through sweating, until it is exposed to more heat than it can handle. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage and even death. In 2017, 87 people died in the U.S. from exposure to excessive heat, according to Injury Facts.

People most at risk include:

  • Infants and young children, especially if left in hot cars

  • People 65 and older

  • People who are ill, have chronic health conditions or are on certain medications

  • People who are overweight 

 

Heat Exhaustion

When the body loses excessive water and salt, usually due to sweating, heat exhaustion can occur. According to the free NSC First Aid Quick Reference app, signs and symptoms include:

  • Sweating

  • Pale, ashen or moist skin

  • Muscle cramps (especially for those working or exercising outdoors in high temperatures)

  • Fatigue, weakness or exhaustion

  • Headache, dizziness or fainting

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Rapid heart rate

Uncontrolled heat exhaustion can evolve into heat stroke, so make sure to treat victims quickly:

  • Move victims to a shaded or air-conditioned area

  • Give water or other cool, nonalcoholic beverages

  • Apply wet towels, or have victims take a cool shower

Heat Stroke

Seek medical help immediately if someone is suffering from heat stroke. Signs include:

  • Body temperature above 103 degrees

  • Skin that is flushed, dry and hot to the touch; sweating has usually stopped

  • Rapid breathing

  • Headache, dizziness, confusion or other signs of altered mental status

  • Irrational or belligerent behavior

  • Convulsions or unresponsiveness

Immediately take action:

  • Call 911

  • Move the victim to a cool place

  • Remove unnecessary clothing

  • Immediately cool the victim, preferably by immersing up to the neck in cold water (with the help of a second rescuer)

  • If immersion in cold water is not possible, place the victim in a cold shower or move to a cool area and cover as much of the body as possible with cold, wet towels

  • Keep cooling until body temperature drops to 101 degrees

  • Monitor the victim's breathing and be ready to give CPR if needed

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