Categories: Disease Investigation, General, Preparedness
February 23rd, 2012 10:41 am ET -
By Regina Quadir
With the Oscars just 3 days away, movies have been on our mind lately here at CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Especially disaster movies. They come in all kinds of flavors: deadly viruses, tornadoes, earthquakes, and, yes, even snakes on a plane.
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Categories: Natural Disasters
February 14th, 2012 11:25 am ET -
By Regina Quadir
Thailand has a tropical climate with monsoon rains that come every summer. In 2011, the rains were unusually heavy, with a sequence of typhoons sweeping across southeast Asia. Regions of Thailand are now experiencing the worst floods in over fifty years, as water immerses villages, farms, and factories. The volume of water is so vast that more than half the country has already been flooded.
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Categories: General, Preparedness, Zombies
February 7th, 2012 2:27 pm ET -
By Maggie Silver
If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve probably figured out we’re big fans of zombies. While we know zombies are fictional, they tie in so well with another topic we’re deeply invested in, emergency preparedness, that it seems like a perfect match for us! Being true zombie fans, we love The Walking Dead on AMC, so much so that we’ve looked past the fact that they blew us up at the end of the first season and we assure you that our work here at the CDC continues.
Since the second season is set to premiere on Sunday, February 12, we thought we’d take a quick look back at what’s happened so far, and give the survivors who are struggling in the post-apocalyptic world featured in The Walking Dead, a few pointers in preparedness.
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Categories: Disease Investigation, General, Response
February 1st, 2012 10:46 am ET -
By Melissa McClung, MSPH
Denver Public Health
The next person in line hands me their driver’s license. I scan it with a device docked with my iPod touch, ask some questions, print a barcoded sticker, and direct them to where they need to go. Are we at the airport? Car rental? Sports venue? None of the above! We are at a mass vaccination clinic administering flu shots during a hospital employee flu campaign. This handy tool is appropriately named HANDI (Hand-held Automated Notification for Drugs and Immunizations); it’s a mobile app being developed by Denver Public Health (DPH). HANDI helps health care workers collect data to register individuals, monitor contraindications (reasons to withhold a treatment) and track immunizations and treatment plans administered during mass intervention events. Using commonly available mobile devices (e.g., iPhone, iPod touch), HANDI is a prime example of how we can use mobile technology in public health and emergency preparedness.
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