Ottawa County Workers Partner with the State to Help in Recovery Efforts

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 04/30 2014 06:08PM

Updated 04/30 2014 08:47PM

QUAPAW, OK.--- Ottawa County workers are teaming up with the state to make sure victims and volunteers stay healthy during recovery efforts. County and state health workers have been in Quapaw since Monday. They're keeping an eye on clean up efforts, checking for asbestos and lead, as well as air quality. They're also making sure meal sites are following the rules for safe food preparation.

"They just want to monitor that to make sure that nothing really hazardous is out there. Insulation and lead from plumbing and things like that can be a real problem for people who are out there working in it," said Jerry Lojka, Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management. 

Health workers have also been offering tetanus shots for victims and volunteers working in the tornado debris field.

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