State Health Officials Prepare for Evacuees

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Besides food and shelter, main health concerns for evacuees include getting them both acute and long-term medical care if necessary, getting them medication, and getting them mental health services.

Relocated kids will go back to school, but documentation of their shots will be waived for 60 to 90 days. Dr. Dean Sienko of the Ingham County Health Department says because there is no epidemic in the Gulf Coast region and most local kids have their shots up-to-date, there's no threat of a vaccine-preventable illness spreading here.

Providers in the area are also urged to provide care for victims on Medicaid right away and figure out the payment later. State coordinators of disaster planning say the magnitude of services will depend on the number of survivors coming to Mid-Michigan. Still, they say whatever the number, they're ready.