Health & Safety in Housing

Navy Housing Service Centers (HSCs) provide support with issue resolution for customers living in military, privatized and community housing.

We stand ready to serve as your:

  • Navy advocate for you and your family when housing maintenance, health or safety issues arise
  • Independent mediator to help you and your landlord communicate when there is an issue and facilitate a mutually-agreed upon resolution
  • Liaison to military leadership and legal offices to address issues that cannot be resolved using our services

Contact your HSC if you have a housing complaint or need resolution on a housing issue.

1 (800) 876-7022 or whidbey-housing@navylifepnw.com.

 

Mold

Molds are a type of fungus found just about everywhere - on plants, mulch and even foods. They are beneficial to the environment because they break down dead material. Certain types of mold have proven extremely valuable in the production of antibiotics. Molds produce spores, very tiny and lightweight reproductive bodies that travel easily through the air. When molds are present in large numbers, they may cause symptoms in some people that are similar to allergies caused by plant pollens. Molds rarely affect healthy people. In fact, we are exposed to molds and spores every day. If mold is growing on a surface, spores may spread into the air where they can be inhaled. Some people who ingest or inhale a large number of spores may have health effects, often producing symptoms like hay fever. Some routine measures will help prevent mold growth in your home.

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Window Safety

Warm weather and the urge to open a window pose a potential danger that many people don't realize until it's too late – window falls.

Teach children about the hazards of playing near an open window and make sure they understand that a screen will not stop them from falling. Additional safety tips and resources are linked below.

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Lead Based Paint (LBP)

Are you planning to buy or rent a home built before 1978?

Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead (called lead-based paint). Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.

Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting or buying a pre-1978 housing:

  • LANDLORDS must disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before leases take effect. Leases must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint.
  • SELLERS must disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. Sales contracts must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to ten days to check for lead hazards.

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Disaster Preparedness (Earthquakes & Floods)

Disasters are major events that can strike anywhere and at any time. In a disaster, traditional 9-1-1 and First Responder capabilities such as fire, police, medics, and utility personnel will be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist individuals.

Preparing your family and neighborhood is vital. Family members and neighbors will likely be the first ones to offer you assistance. Families and neighbors that are prepared are more effective in their response to a disaster and have an increased capacity to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after a disaster.

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Wellness & Preventive Medicine

Naval Hospital Oak Harbor - Preventive Medicine

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am. - 10:30 am, walk-in clinic or call us to schedule an appointment outside these times.

Located on Saratoga Road in trailer R-53 across from the Naval Hospital.

(360) 257-5950, (360) 257-5336, (360) 914-7384 Duty Phone

We provide preventive medicine and Environmental Health services to eligible beneficiaries including active duty, reservists, retirees, and dependents. These services include communicable disease investigation and control, medical event/disease reporting, water and ice testing, and food service/habitability/childcare inspections.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccines: We provide flu vaccines to active duty, reservists, and coordinate the Beneficiary Flu Clinics each year for our eligible beneficiaries.

Active Duty personnel and activated Reservists who need Anthrax or Smallpox vaccine should schedule an appointment by calling the Preventive Medicine Clinic at: (360) 257-5950/5336 as soon as possible prior to overseas deployment. Anthrax and Smallpox vaccines are currently given on Wednesday afternoons at 12:00 pm in the Deployment Health Clinic. Please ensure you have called ahead to make an appointment.

For Temporary Food Events on Base the following requirements must be met: Everyone who handles food (preparing or serving) must have a Food Handler's Health Card (requires completion of health questionnaire to ensure food handler does not have a communicable disease that could pose a food safety risk).

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