DeKalb County Health Department Conducts Drill using Personal Hygiene Items

On Friday, February, 22nd, the DeKalb County Health Department conducted an Emergency
Preparedness drill to simulate the collection, sorting, inventorying, and distribution of the items from
the personal hygiene collection. Over 25 DCHD staff and Northern Illinois University, School of Nursing,
volunteers participated in the drill at the DeKalb County Health Department.

This was the first-year donations for personal hygiene items were requested as part of a community
effort to not only prepare staff for a public health emergency, but also to stock DeKalb County Food
Pantries with essential items. “Not only did local food pantries receive hygiene items, but we were able
to test critical public health emergency capabilities and receive valuable input on areas of improvement
for planning future drills,” said Cindy Graves, Emergency Preparedness Director at the DeKalb County
Health Department.

The amount of donations for the first year of collections was overwhelming! During the four-hour drill,
staff and volunteers sorted, counted, and packed the over 6,400 items for community food pantries!
Although not all agency donations are known, among businesses who donated or spearheaded
donations included:

All About Eyes
America’s Best Contacts
Barbara Runne Family Dentistry
Dean Foods
DeKalb County Administration
DeKalb County Community
Foundation
DeKalb County Highway
Department
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Offfice
DeKalb County State’s
Attorney’s Office
DeKalb Elks BPOE #765
DeKalb Rotary Club
Dr. Jeffrey Caron Office
First Congregational United
Church of Christ
First Lutheran Church
Fredrichs Eye Care
Genoa Smiles
Grand Dental Group
Heather Breuer, D.M.D. General
Family Dentistry
Jewel- Osco, Sycamore location
Joseph Sullivan Family Dentistry
Mark Weinhold Family Dentistry
Midwest Dental
NIU College of Health and
Human Science
NIU School of Nursing
Prairie View Dental
Salem Lutheran Church
Spex Expressions
Target
Walmart
Walgreens, Sycamore location

In addition to the known agency donations, community members throughout the county also filled the
six barrels at the Health Department, DeKalb Public Library, Genoa Public Library, Kishwaukee Family
YMCA, Sandwich Family YMCA, and Sycamore Public Library. These agencies were published community
collection sites. Among the list of agencies who donated was Salem Lutheran Church whose Youth
Group took initiative to collect over 1,200 items towards donation efforts!

This was the first hygiene collection drill the health department has facilitated and the support was
overwhelming! Many thanks to the DeKalb County businesses and community members who helped in
the collection efforts, we hope to continue the collection efforts in future years.
If your agency would like to be added to the email list for future collection drills, please email Melissa
Edwards at medwards@dekalbcounty.org

Salem Youth Group organized their own collection for the donation efforts and collected over 1,200 items!
DeKalb County Health Department Staff and Northern Illinois University School of Nursing students packed over
6,400 items for DeKalb County Food Pantries.

Visit the DeKalb County Health Department’s website, or social media sites, for information about health
department services. https://health.dekalbcounty.org

Personal Hygiene Exercise Feb 2019