Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Public Health Personal Preparedness

Make sure your home is safe. In case of fire, ensure that your street numbers are visible using reflective numbers to allow the fire department to easily spot your home. Consider having a landline phone in case cell phone reception is not available. Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly and the batteries are changed once a year.  A good reminder is to always change your batteries at the same time you adjust your clocks for daylight savings time.  Also, be sure your hallways and exits are clear so if you need to evacuate you can get out as easy as possible.

Steps to Plan and Prepare:

  • Assemble emergency kits for your car, your home, your animals, and for each person in your family.
  • Keep copies of important documents in an offsite location.
  • Mark your calendar to review your plan, check supplies and conduct drills every six months.
  • Learn how to shut off your utilities.
  • Discuss and plan at least two exit routes from rooms, home, and neighborhood.
  • Choose two locations to reunite, one outside your home and another outside your neighborhood.
  • Choose a long distance emergency contact in case local services are disrupted.
  • Make plans for children in case you are not together when disaster strikes.
  • Think about caring for people with special needs.
  • Plan to care for your animals.
  • Keep the gas tank in your car a least half full.

Whatever you do, stay calm! STOP what you are doing. LOOK around you and carefully assess the situation. LISTEN for instruction on the radio or television.

Know HOW and WHEN to shut of your utilities. NEVER attempt to turn gas back on yourself. CALL the power company if you cannot restore electricity or if it seems dangerous. If you suspect damage to water lines, do NOT flush the toilet, but do turn off water so contamination does not occur.

Emergency Disaster Kit

Have an emergency kit for your household, your car, your pets and a Go-bag for each family member in case of evacuation. Store your kits in locations that are easily accessible yet protected from damage that may occur to your home.


  • Sanitation supplies (soap, liquid detergent, unscented bleach with eyedropper, heavy duty garbage bags)
  • First aid kit and handbook
  • Duct tape
  • Personal hygiene supplies (include feminine supplies, diapers, tissues, toilet paper, and pre-moistened wipes)
  • Flashlights, battery operated lanterns, portable radio (with extra batteries and bulbs)
  • Plates, pots, utensils, paper towels
  • Manual can opener, camp stove, grill, foil, fuel for cooking, lighter, utility knife
  • Warm clothing, rain gear, sleeping bags, mats blankets, sturdy shoes, tent or heavy duty plastic sheeting
  • Gloves, goggles, crowbar, hammer, staple gun, wrench
  • Permanent marker
  • Whistle


  • First aid kit and handbook
  • Hand sanitizer and/or wipe
  • Class ABC fire extinguisher
  • Portable radio, flashlight and extra batteries
  • Non-perishable food and water
  • Reflectors/flares
  • Tools for minor auto repair, including tire changing
  • Short rubber hose for siphoning
  • Shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency blankets
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Lighter and/or waterproof matches
  • Utility knife
  • Other; paper, pencils, maps, tissues, garbage bags and baggies, permanent marker, toilet paper, paper towels


  • Food and water
  • First aid kit and handbook
  • Five-day supply of medications and copies of prescriptions
  • Whistle
  • Map of area
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Emergency lighting (including batteries)
  • Garbage bags and baggies
  • Change of clothes and sturdy shoes
  • Dust mask
  • Rain poncho
  • Emergency blanket
  • Permanent marker
  • Lighter and/or waterproof matches
  • Utility knife
  • Cash in small denominations

Tips on Food Storage

After a power outage, keep your refrigerator door closed as much as possible. Food in the refrigerator should be consumed within four hours,  in the freezer within two days. Store 2000 calories per day for adults and 1500 per day for children.

  • Store familiar foods
  • Consider dietary restrictions
  • Ideal foods do not require refrigeration or cooking
  • Watch expiration dates and rotate when necessary
  • Store in a cool, dry, dark place
  • Keep foods away from petroleum products to avoid absorption of fumes

Tips on Water Storage

Store at least one gallon per person, per day for drinking, plus more for other uses for at least three days. Some experts recommend that a two- week supply be kept if possible. Remember to rotate stored water every three months.

  • Don’t forget your pets need water too
  • Very hot temperatures can double the amount of water needed
  • Children, nursing mothers, and people who are sick need more water
  • Bottled water has an expiration date
  • Do not store water near toxic substances as vapors may penetrate the plastic.

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