Health Department

The mission of the Port Arthur City Health Department is to:
  • Prevent communicable and vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Promote health and wellness through health promotion, education, nutritional food and counseling
  • Educate and prepare the community for natural or bioterrorism disasters
  • Maintain an overall maximum well status
  • To link clients with appropriate health and social services.
Health Department Staff

Harvey Updates

Safety Tips There is a table set up in the lobby downstairs at the Health Department as patients enter. There is information on re-entering the home after flooding, mold remediation, managing debris and receiving Tdap vaccines, etc.

Vaccines The Health Department is administering flu shots. Stop by 8-11 am and 1-4 pm during normal operating hours to receive your flu shot. The cost is $10.

Flooding 

Limit contact with flood water. Flood water may have high levels of raw sewage or other hazardous substances. Early symptoms from exposure to contaminated flood water may include upset stomach, intestinal problems, headache and other flu-like discomfort. Anyone experiencing these and any other problems should immediately seek medical attention.

What do I do about water from household wells after a flood? Do not turn on the pump due to danger of electric shock. Do not drink or wash with water from the flooded well until it is tested and safe to useRead more about household wells.

What do I do with my home septic system after a flood? Do not use the sewage system until water in the soil absorption field is lower than the water level around the house. If you have a home-based or small business and your septic system has received chemicals, take extra precautions to prevent contact with water or inhaling fumes. Proper clean-up depends on the kinds of chemicals in the wastewater. Read more

Mold

Mold cleanup: Mold can cause serious health problems. The key to mold control is moisture control. After the flood, remove standing water and dry indoor areas. Remove and discard anything that has been wet for more than 24-48 hours.

Basic mold hazards. Cleaning up mold.What to wear

More about mold from Centers for Disease Control

Managing Debris

Disasters can generate tons of debris, including building rubble, soil and sediments, green waste (e.g.., trees and shrubs), personal property, ash, and charred wood. How a community manages disaster debris depends on the debris generated and the waste management options available. Burying or burning is no longer acceptable, except when permission or a waiver has been granted, because of the side effects of smoke and fire from burning, and potential water and soil contamination from burial. Typical methods of recycling and solid waste disposal in sanitary landfills often cannot be applied to disaster debris because of the large volume of waste and reluctance to overburden existing disposal capacity.