Categories: Anthrax, General, Preparedness
December 19th, 2012 9:00 am ET -
By: Diana Yassanye
Workers from the county health department calmly walk door to door putting little bags into mailboxes as they move through the quiet suburban neighborhood. In less than two hours, the team has delivered those bags to 1500 mailboxes, nearly 4500 residents. In each bag is a bottle of antibiotics that provides protection from the inhalational anthrax that was released in town by some very bad people. The residents who have those antibiotics in their mailboxes can stay home for a few more days, buying time for public health, healthcare, and law enforcement officials to determine who is at risk from the deadly biological agent and who will need more medication.
Sound like a new blockbuster movie?
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Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response
December 3rd, 2012 10:49 am ET -
By Kate Lighthall
Project Wildfire in Deschutes County, Oregon has been recognized by CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Responses’ (OPHPR) Learning Office and the CDC Foundation as a community effort that reflects and embodies FEMA’s Whole Community approach to emergency management.
Although central Oregon experiences other natural and man-made disasters, wildfires are by far the biggest threat here, especially during the summer months. In an average year, we experience 450 fires that burn 50,000 acres and homes, threaten lives and impact the economy. Following two devastating wildfires that burned in Bend, Oregon in 1990 and again in 1996, the Fire Chief of Deschutes County, Oregon, Gary Marshall, received a phone call from Safeco Insurance offering to contribute to the purchase of new firefighting equipment. Marshall politely declined Safeco’s offer because he had a more effective, long-term solution in mind that involved educating the public about the risks of wildfires.
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