What do you know about Blue-Green Algae?

Be aware of beach/river water.  If it appears bright green or pea soup in colour you need to know this: Blue-green algae are tiny plants that live in fresh water. Normally blue-green algae are barely visible, but, during warm weather, they can quickly increase to form a large mass called a bloom. Blooms most commonly occur during the late summer and … Read More

Four Things You Should Know After Experiencing a Flood

Make Sure your Food and Water is Safe! 1. If your food has been exposed to flood waters you should: Throw out all foods exposed to flood water—even if they were in fridges and freezers. This includes meat, fruits & vegetables, all boxed foods, jars or bottles (home preservatives included) and cans with large dents—these items can’t be properly disinfected. Do … Read More

An Update on Low Income Senior’s Dental Program

You’ve probably heard by now that the provincial government is rolling out a “Low Income Senior’s Dental Program.” This is exciting news! Although, we haven’t received all of the information yet! We want to keep the community updated as news and information is sent to us throughout this process. So, this is what we DO know: The new program specifically … Read More

May is Rabies Awareness Month

Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of warm-blooded mammals, including humans. How do I get it? A bite or a scratch from an infected animal. It’s spread through their saliva. What will I see if an animal has Rabies? They may act weird or abnormal (wild animals may seem friendly … Read More

Is Your Family Prepared?

Severe storms, spring flooding, power outages, road closures. It’s an emergency! You’re at work, your kids are at school and your elderly parents live across town. The cell towers are down and phones don’t work, you can’t get home. What will you do? Developing a family emergency plan and discussing emergency situations ahead of time will help you and your … Read More

Need Your Well Water Tested? Don’t forget we’ve moved!

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Pick up a water bottle, free of charge, from us or your local municipal service centre. Keep the bottle closed until the moment you fill it. Take the sample on the day you are planning to return it to us. Run the water for 2-3 minutes; remove any aerators, etc. from the sample tap. Remove the tamper-proof, sealed cap from … Read More

5 Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself from Lyme Disease

Reduce the risk, target ticks!

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria spread by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. The best way to protect yourself from Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. Here are five things you can do to reduce your chances of Lyme disease: 1. Cover up! Wearing long sleeved shirts and pants keeps ticks off your skin where they can … Read More

Emergencies can happen any time – Are You Ready?

Know the Risks that are Specific to Chatham-Kent! Here are some of the risks: Flood Blizzard/Snow Storm Tornado Severe Weather (Heat/Cold) Storms Blackout Infectious Disease Outbreak Transportation Accident Industrial Accident  Make a Plan!  Every Canadian household needs a plan, how to meet and contact others in your family Learn about First Aid – it could save a life Plan escape … Read More

Winter Weather – Be Careful, Be Prepared!

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It is important to be prepared for anything while out on the roads.  One part of being prepared is to ensure that your vehicle is equipped with an emergency kit.  A vehicle emergency kit will ensure you have useful supplies to take care of yourself if you are stranded or stuck. You should ensure your car is prepared to handle … Read More

Get ready for the Cold!

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When you have to go out into the cold, pay attention to the weather and wear the right clothing. If you wear synthetic or wool, they provide better insulation. Some synthetic fabrics are designed to keep perspiration away from your body which keep you dry. Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. You can take off layers if you get … Read More

When is the Flu Not Really the Flu? When it’s Stomach Flu!

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There is no such thing as ‘stomach flu’. It is a misleading term that doesn’t make much sense when you think about it. Why is that? Well, ‘Flu’ is an abbreviation of ‘Influenza’, a respiratory illness of your upper airways. It is not related to intense, short-term bouts of diarrhea and/or vomiting experienced by your gut. These stomach illnesses are … Read More