Public Awareness

United Way Lanark County and
the Ontario 211 helpline are
asking residents to make the right call:

Call 2-1-1 for information on your community, social and health services if you don’t know where to turn with a problem.
Call 911 for threats or harm to a person or property that require police, fire or ambulance services.

Knowing the right number to call will help residents find the right services for their situation and has the potential to reduce inappropriate calls to 911 from residents.

“211 is answered by highly trained specialists who know our community services and can refer callers to services near them,” said ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Fraser Scantlebury, Executive Director of UWLC. “211 has information not only on services United Way supports but all our community’s social, health and government services that can help you with any number of life’s challenges.”

211 is answered live, 24 hours a day, every day of the year including holidays. Residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 for services like food banks if they are hungry, mental health support if they are stressed or for the non-emergency police number if they need the police but it is not an emergency. -  See more

 

Lyme Disease  can be passed to humans through the bite of an infected black legged tick. Ticks are small insects the size of a sesame seed found on tall grasses. Most tick bites are painless. Ticks will attach themselves for up to 72 hours and are most likely to spread infection if attached for 24 hours or more.
 
A circular rash called a "bull's-eye" is one of the earliest symptoms. If you develop a rash, fever, chill, extreme fatigue, see your Doctor. Tell them if you have traveled or have been active outdoors. Lyme Disease can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it could lead to more serious symptoms affecting the central nervous system, brain or even heart.
 
How to protect yourself and your family:
 •Wear light coloured long sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into socks with closed footwear
•Use insect repellent containing "DEET"
•Search your body for ticks
 
Remove ticks as quickly as possible using tweezers. Gently grasp the tick by the head as close to your skin as possible. Pull tick straight out and disinfect the bite with alcohol.
 
For additional information visit: www.canlyme.org

 

Health Unit Media Release

Please visit the Health Unit for information on poisonous weeds.

 

 

Conservation Authority Media Release

For information on- Low water action