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Preparing for man-made, technical and natural disasters can be overwhelming. We here at Kenton Hardin Health Department want to help you be ready for any situation. A public health emergency is any event or situation demanding immediate action on the part of the public health system in order to prevent disease and injury or to help maintain public health within the community. All of us face the possibility of natural disasters, accidents, power outages or intentional acts to disrupt our daily lives. 

Emergency Preparedness is responsible for developing and updating emergency response plans, maintaining supplies and equipment used during a response, and providing training on the emergency response plan.

Contact our Emergency Preparedness Coordinator to ask about how we are preparing:

Sean Beck
419-673-6230 x 1816 


Building Your Go Kit

GO Kit Preparation

Planning now can help save lives later!

Go kits should contain at the very least 72 hours worth of supplies:

  • Water – 1 gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight/Extra Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated ait 
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to Shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench, pliers, or multi-tool
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and backup battery
  • Prescription/non-prescription medications
  • Glasses/contacts and lense solution
  • Cash
  • Important family documents/Identification
  • Sleeping bag or warm blankets
  • Change of clothes

Pet Preparedness

Your pets need a plan and kit as well!

Go kits should contain at the very least 72 hours worth of supplies:

  • Water 
  • Food 
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Medications
  • Dog toys and food bowls
  • An updated photo in case you get separated
  • Make a plan for shelter alternatives, consider out of town family and friends.
  • Make a plan with neighbors, friends and relatives that someone is able to care for and evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.

Additional Go Kit Information

Need more information on what to include?


Lightning Safety an Interview with Sam Cloud

Public Health Emergencies
  • Hours of Operation (Excluding Holidays)
    Monday - Thursday 8:30AM-4:30PM
    Friday 8:30AM-2:30PM
    Closed daily for lunch 12:00-12:30PM
  • Address:175 West Franklin Street, Kenton, OH 43326
  • Phone:419-673-6230
  • Fax:419-673-8761

After Hours:
24/7 Emergency Line