MCESDA Disaster Digest2020-12-04T17:51:55+00:00

MCESDA Disaster Digest

Winter Car Kits: Know Before it Snows!

Oh the weather outside is… not so frightful yet!  But we all know winter weather will be here sooner than we would like, and now’s the time to get prepared.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a list of the must-have items that can help keep you safe the next time you’re driving in a Winter Wonderland.  Original link plus additional safety tips can be found here.

  1. Snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper.  These will help you dig you out if you’re caught off-guard in a snowy situation.
  2. Kitty litter! No, not for the neighborhood cats.  Pour some on the ground by your tires if your car is stuck in the snow.  It’ll create a more abrasive surface and hopefully get your car going again.
  3. Jumper cables, but also you also want to remember some flares or warning markers to flag for help.
  4. Blankets for protection from the cold
  5. Typical “bug-out” bag contents including a charger for your phone, water, food, and a first-aid kit/necessary medications.

Stay safe, McDonough County!

-McESDA Team

By |December 8th, 2020|

Quick COVID Vaccine Facts

It Does Not Contain COVID-19

Some vaccines contain weakened versions of a virus to provoke immune response. The COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t! Instead it works by teaching your body how to make the proteins necessary to fight COVID-19.

It cannot give you COVID-19

Because none of the vaccines in development have a live vaccine, you cannot “catch” COVID-19 from being vaccinated. With a vaccine your body can build up immunity to the virus without the severe symptoms of actually catching the virus .

People who already had COVID-19 can still benefit from the vaccine

Like some other viral diseases, having COVID-19 once does not prevent reinfection. Scientists believe the immunity caused by catching COVID-19 does not last very long. If you have had COVID19 in the past, you will still need to be vaccinated to prevent catching it again.

It will not alter your DNA

The current COVID-19 vaccines are mRNA vaccines. The mRNA contains blueprints for making proteins, and the vaccine helps the body’s natural defenses in producing the proteins needed to identify and destroy the virus. DNA performs a different function and resides in the nucleus of the cell, seperate from mRNA. Your DNA is safe!

Additional Questions?

Our current knowledge about COVID-19 and possible vaccines is frequently updating.  For more information, check out the following resources

By |December 7th, 2020|

Welcome Post

Welcome to the newest McDonough County ESDA page: McDonough Disaster Digest

This is the agency’s blogspace for regular updates on all things disaster response, preparedness and general safety tips relevant for the County.

Things you might find in this space:

  • Information about common disasters
  • “How-To” guides, preparedness tips and “lifehacks”
  • Updates on events impacting McDonough County
  • Other relevant updates from the McESDA team

We hope you enjoy this new platform for keeping you prepared, informed, and hopefully a little entertained.

Stay safe McDonough County!

-McESDA Team

By |December 4th, 2020|
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