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Hawaii is represented in the Oil Spill Task Force by the Hazardous Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) Office, which serves the people of the State of Hawaii by addressing all aspects of releases of hazardous substances including oil into the environment.  Our work includes preventing, planning for, and responding to hazardous substance releases or risks of releases.  The HEER Office accomplishes this mission by addressing contaminated sites with the highest risk to human health and the environment first, preventing contamination rather than cleaning up after the fact, and basing decisions on sound scientific principles and common sense.

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Mahalo to Mayor Kirk Caldwell for helping us recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month. Remember, help is just a call or text away. Call the Crisis Line of Hawaii at (808) 832-3100 or text ALOHA to 741-741.Depression and suicidal thoughts are a real struggle. There are many in our community who need to know that we’ll be there for them. I’ve proclaimed September to be Suicide Prevention Month because each of us matter. If you feel you need help, please know that you can and will get through this.
If you or somebody you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the Crisis Line of Hawaii at (808) 832-3100 (O‘ahu) or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255).

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September is National Preparedness Month! With hurricane season in full swing, it's not too late to #prepareyourhealth and get ahead of any natural hazards that may come our way.

For more ideas and information, visit CDC's website at
www.cdc.gov/cpr/prepareyourhealth/PersonalHealth.htm or our own Prepare NOW Hawaii at
health.hawaii.gov/prepare/protect-your-familySeptember is National Preparedness Month (smack in the middle of hurricane season). Across the country, government agencies and other organizations are coming together to encourage year-round personal and community preparedness for disasters, disease outbreaks, and human-caused emergencies.

This year the emphasis is on personal health preparedness:

1. Personal needs
Food, water, and other essentials to last at least 14 days.

2. Prescriptions
Medication you may need, also for at least 14 days.

3. Paperwork
Important documents and medical records.

4. Power sources
Backup power (like solar-powered chargers) in case the electricity goes out.

5. Practical skills
Life-saving skills, like CPR, so you know what to do in an emergency.

For more ideas and information, visit the Center for Preparedness & Response (CPR), part of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), by clicking below:

And of course, you can also visit DOH to learn how to protect your family:

And since we’re officially in hurricane season for another three months, check out our hurricane advisory page so you’ll know what to do before, during, and after a tropical storm strikes:

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September is National Newborn Screening Awareness Month!

Did you know all babies born in the United States are tested for dozens of genetic health conditions right at birth? Thanks to newborn screening, we can treat babies before these conditions become life-threatening.

For more information and resources like this one, visit: www.babysfirsttest.org/

#newbornscreening #genetics #genomics #hawaiigenetics #HealthyWeLiveHawaii

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One person dies by suicide every two days in Hawaii. September is Suicide Prevention Month so let’s work together to raise awareness about the community resources available to those who need them most.

For prevention resources, visit health.hawaii.gov/injuryprevention/home/suicide-prevention/information/

Learn how you can get involved at health.hawaii.gov/news/files/2019/08/19-063-DOH_Suicide-Prevention-Month-2019-NR-FINAL-083019.pdf

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