Mantener los alimentos seguros durante una emergencia

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Pueden producirse cortes de suministro eléctrico en cualquier momento del año y a  menudo duran desde unas horas a varios días hasta que la electricidad es restaurada a las áreas residenciales. Sin electricidad o una fuente de frío, los alimentos almacenados en refrigeradores y congeladores pueden echarse a perder. Las bacterias en los alimentos crecen rápidamente a temperaturas entre 40 y 140°F, y si estos alimentos se consumen la gente puede ponerse muy enferma.

El saber cómo determinar si los alimentos son seguros y cómo mantenerlos así, ayudará a minimizar la pérdida potencial de los mismos y reducir el riesgo de enfermedades transmitidas por los alimentos.

Food Safety Before, During and After an Emergency

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Power outages can occur at any time of the year and it often takes from a few hours to several days for electricity to be restored to residential areas.  Without electricity or a cold source, foods stored in refrigerators and freezers can become unsafe. Bacteria in food grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 °F, and if these foods are consumed, people can become very sick.

Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Safe Medication Use After a Disaster

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pill-box-dailyThe Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the US Food and Drug Administration offer  the following information on the use of medications that have been potentially affected by fire, flooding or unsafe water as well as the use of temperature-sensitive drug products when refrigeration is temporarily unavailable.

Management of Solid Waste During Temporary Service Disruptions

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Per Monterey County Code, solid waste is required to be collected once every week (MCC 10.41.030).  In the event this service is disrupted, or if your neighborhood becomes isolated due to road closures, landslide, or any event that prohibits the routine collection of solid waste and recyclables, it will be necessary for you to manage these materials onsite until services can be safely restored and the waste collected.

Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean – HEALTH AND TRAVEL ADVISORY – Feb 2017

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Certain regions of Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced a significant increase in Zika infections in 2015‐2017. If you are traveling to an area with Zika, the California Department of Public Health recommends taking appropriate precautions for avoiding mosquito bites during the day and at night. Pregnant women are advised not to travel to regions where there is Zika virus transmission.

Health Department Seeks Individuals Potentially Exposed to Tuberculosis

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While conducting a disease investigation, the Monterey County Health Department determined that individuals who were present at Department (Courtroom) 11 and Department (Courtroom) 8 of the Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas during the dates and times listed below may have been in contact with a person with active tuberculosis (TB):

  • Salinas Courthouse, Courtroom 11, September 13, 2016, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Salinas Courthouse, Courtroom 8, October 28, 2016, from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm

The Salinas Courthouse is located at 240 Church St, Salinas, CA 93901. There is no risk of exposure for individuals who visited other courtrooms or areas of the Salinas Courthouse on September 13th and October 28th, and there is no risk of exposure for individuals who visited Salinas Courthouse courtrooms 8 and 11 at other dates and times. 

Free LGBT Latinx Film Festival Aims to Increase Visibility, Understanding and Support for Local Communities

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Latinx film festivalOn February 24-25, 2017, the LGBT Latinx Film Festival organized by the Monterey County LGBTQ Collaborative will screen a series of movies that feature lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, including LGBTQ youth, in Latino communities in California and Mexico.  The film screenings will take place at Maya Cinema at 153 Main Street in Salinas, and they are free and open to the public.  The films are in Spanish and English.  The festival explores the themes of love and caring relationships in the context of family, friendship and budding romance.      

The Monterey County LGBT Collaborative has been the driving force organizing the festival.  The

Collaborative works to raise awareness about the challenges impacting LGBT people and their families, and engages our local health and school systems, legal services and law enforcement, and the broader community, to improve support for LGBT people.  Organizations involved in the Collaborative and partnering on related projects include California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., the Monterey County Health Department, Community Human Services, Epicenter’s Our Gente Program for LGBTQIA+ youth, Urban Arts Collaborative – Nature is Art, Art is Healing, Conexiones of Monterey County, and the Psychology Department at Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB), among others.  The festival has been made possible through a generous sponsorship by the California Endowment.

El Festival de Cine Latinx LGBT Tiene el Propósito de Aumentar la Visibilidad, Comprensión y Apoyo a las Comunidades Locales

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Latinx film festivalEl 24-25 de febrero de 2017, El Festival de Cine Latinx LGBT, organizado por la Colaborativa LGBTQ del Condado de Monterey, proyectará una serie de películas que incluyen a personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales y transexuales, incluyendo a jóvenes LGBTQ en comunidades latinas en California y México. Las proyecciones de la película se llevarán a cabo en el cine Maya en 153 Main Street en Salinas, y son gratuitas y abiertas al público. Las películas son en español e inglés. El festival explora los temas del amor y las relaciones de cuidado en el contexto de la familia, la amistad y el romance en ciernes.

La Colaborativa LGBT del Condado de Monterey ha sido el motor organizador del festival. La Colaborativa trabaja para crear conciencia sobre los desafíos que afectan a las personas LGBT y sus familias, y compromete a nuestros sistemas de salud y escolares locales, servicios legales y la aplicación de la ley, y la comunidad en general, para mejorar el apoyo a las personas LGBT. Las organizaciones involucradas en la Colaborativa y uniéndose en proyectos relacionados incluyen California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Monterey, Community Human Services, el Programa

FDA warns consumers about teething tablets

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  has announced that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label. The agency is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children and urges consumers not to use these products.