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Ready CDC

Categories: General, Preparedness, Public Health

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By Victoria Harp

CDC leads the nation in responding to public health emergencies, such as outbreaks and natural disasters. While the agency encourages the public to be aware of personal and family preparedness, not all CDC staff  follow those guidelines. In an effort to increase personal preparedness as part of workforce culture, CDC created the Ready CDC initiative. Targeting the CDC workforce living in metropolitan Atlanta, this program recently completed a pilot within the organization and is currently being evaluated for measurable improvements in recommended personal preparedness actions.

Mental Health and Recovery

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Public Health, Response

 

Hospital Damage in Joplin

By: Dennis Cooley, MD, FAAP

Joplin, Missouri was devastated by an F5 tornado in 2011. Heart to Heart International set up a clinic in a Walgreens parking lot near the hardest hit area to care for injured volunteers.  The clinic provided medical care on a walk-in basis. Dr. Dennis Cooley worked in the clinic three weeks after the storm hit the town.

ADA Anniversary: Including People With Disabilities in Public Health

Categories: General, Public Health

 

July 26th marks the 24th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that strengthens the inclusion of people with disabilities.    

Anyone can have a disability and a disability can occur at any point in a person’s life.  An estimated 37 million1 to 57 million2 people are living with a disability in the U.S. and many people will experience a disability some time during the course of their life.  When the ADA was enacted on July 26, 1990, its stated goals were to promote equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency.3

Prep Check! Lockheed Martin

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination, Response

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Have you ever considered what you would do if you were out and about and severe weather struck? Where would you find shelter?  Would it be safe to try to go home? 

Prep Rally Brings Preparedness Spirit to Moore, Oklahoma

Categories: General, Natural Disasters

In May 2013, deadly tornadoes swept Moore, Oklahoma, destroying homes and the very foundation of community that families had come to know.  At the heart of the destruction were children, whose schools, parks, and child care facilities were damaged beyond recognition, and in some cases, blown away along with children’s sense of routine and normalcy.

Save the Children has spent the year in Moore, facilitating child care reconstruction and emotional recovery for children and caregivers long after the media cameras left. But as the one-year anniversary approached, the organization teamed up with local child care providers and PTA’s to raise the spirits of the kids who bravely endured the tragedy.

Goooal! How to Stay Safe When Traveling to the World Cup

Categories: Foodborne, General, Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination

Gol! That’s Portuguese for goal, and it’s a word you’ll be hearing more often starting Thursday, June 12th, when the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil.  The competition, which will take place in 12 cities across Brazil, will last for a month and bring together 32 teams from around the world to compete for the title (and bragging rights for the next 4 years). 

The World Cup is similar to the Olympics in regard to travel unknowns. If you make the trip, you’ll be traveling to a foreign country where you might not be familiar with the language and have to deal with spread-out venues and large crowds.  Although the spread of communicable diseases like flu are higher during events like this, the truth is that motor vehicle crashes are the number 1 killer of healthy U.S. citizens in foreign countries.  Below are some last-minute tips and suggestions for having a safe World Cup.

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