Public Health & Safety

The following links provide useful information on public health and safety concerns.


Rabies is serious business in Pennsylvania. Even if you do not own an animal, the concern is always there. However, with some simple tips and information, you should be well armed to deal with this virus, should the need arise. Learn more from the PA Department of Agriculture.

Preventing the Flu

Worried about the recent flu events around the world? Well, the best advice has been in place for a long time. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mosquitos and the West Nile Virus

In 2000, West Nile virus appeared for the first time in Pennsylvania in birds, mosquitoes and a horse. To combat the spread of West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, Pennsylvania has developed a comprehensive network. This network, which covers 40 counties, includes trapping mosquitoes, collecting dead birds and monitoring horses, people and, in past years, sentinel chickens. To find out more about how you can help, to learn about West Nile virus, or the latest surveillance update from your area, explore the PA Department of Environmental Protection site.

Suicide Prevention Hotline

National/Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline # 1-800-273-8255

For more information on getting help or volunteering, visit Suicide Prevention Lifeline.