The role of Environmental Health is to develop and promote measures which modify or control factors that cause illness, injury, or discomfort to people.


  • Safe Handling of Complete Meals to Go

    In today’s busy world, many convenience foods; including complete meals to go are popular. Most are consumed immediately, although there are times when ready prepared foods are purchased in advance to be eaten at a later time.

    Perishable foods can cause illness when mishandled and improperly stored. Proper handling is essential to ensure the food is safe.

    PURCHASED HOT

    • Eating Within 2 Hours? Pick up food HOT and keep it HOT. Eat and enjoy your food within 2 hours to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying.
    • Not Eating Within 2 Hours? Keeping foods warm is not enough. Harmful bacteria grow rapidly between 40 and 140 degrees F.

    PURCHASED COLD

    • Keep COLD Food COLD---Refrigerate or freeze immediately. Cold food should be held at 41 degrees or colder.

    REHEATING?

    • You may wish to reheat your meal, whether it was purchased hot and then refrigerated or purchased cold initially.
    • Heat thoroughly to 165 degrees!
    • If heating in the microwave oven, cover food and rotate dish so it heats evenly.
    • Inadequate heating in the microwave can contribute to illnesses.

    Keep HOT foods HOT & COLD foods COLD!

  • The City of Abilene has a Nuisance Ordinance that is partially enforced by Environmental Health. Specifically, we address nuisance conditions that are of public health significance, such as broken sewer lines and stagnant pools of water that provide hatching sites for mosquitoes. Citizens can call to register a complaint about these issues.

    • Repair broken sewer lines immediately. Standing sewage is considered a significant public health hazard.
    • Do not allow water to collect on your property. Old tires, flower pots, pet watering dishes, bird baths, clogged rain gutters, and wading pools can hold water long enough to become breeding sites for mosquitoes. Get rid of your old tires and any other junk item that holds water. Empty flower pots, watering dishes, bird baths, and wading pools regularly and refill with fresh water. Be sure that your rain gutters are not clogged and holding water.
  • Terri Auger
    Environmental Health Manager
    (325) 437-4586

    Mamata Bhandari
    (325) 437-4588

    Dustin Hampton
    (325) 676-6223

    Kelsey Vasquez 
    (325) 437-4582