Safety

Hamilton County DD Services, committed to helping people served be prepared, is a member of the Emergency Preparedness Collaborative of Hamilton County, which focuses on preparation to respond to individuals who are vulnerable during community-wide emergencies.

Please see the documents below for instructions on how to be prepared for an emergency.

You can also find information on the American Red Cross website and the federal emergency preparedness website, www.ready.gov.

County Wide Alerting

All Hamilton County Residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications via text message, email, home phone or cell phone. A notification will be made for events such as a natural disaster, man-made disaster or public safety emergency. There is no cost for this service. Click here to learn more.

Contact Jim Hellyer, Assistant Director of Human Resources, at (513) 559-6674 for more information on the agency's involvement in any of these initiatives.

General safety alerts

Falls are associated with a large percentage of preventable injuries of people with disabilities. STEADY U Ohio is a statewide collaborative falls prevention initiative, supported by the Ohio government and state business partners to ensure that every county, every community and every Ohioan knows how they can prevent falls, one step at a time. Here are tips to stay active an healthy to prevent falls:

1. Simple exercise, like walking or swimming at least 15 minutes a day can help build muscle strength and improve balance, which can prevent falls.

2. Find a good balance and exercise program, like tai chi, to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Select a program you like and take a friend.

3. Talk to your health care provider and ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.

4. Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist for side effects that may increase your risk of falling.

5. Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.

6. Slow down and think through the task you are performing. Be mindful of possible falls risks and act accordingly.

7. Drink 6-8 glasses of non-alcoholic liquids each day to prevent low blood pressure, fatigue and confusion.

8. Eat a well-balanced diet with a variety of vegetables and calcium-rich foods like yogurt, cheese, milk, orange juice, tofu and calcium-fortified cereals to promote your health.