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Keeping Cool Under Pressure: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Summer 2015

An outdoor HVAC air conditioner unit located on a high-floor porch of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper.

In the summertime when the weather is hot, having air conditioning to help keep you cool can be a sweet relief. Have you ever felt a fine mist when walking past large buildings in the heat of the summer? That mist may have been water droplets from rooftop cooling towers that keep large air conditioning systems―like those found in hotels―running efficiently, even when temperatures are soaring outside. When these cooling towers are not properly maintained, they can become a home for Legionella bacteria Read More >

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Connecting Neighbors through Social Media

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Online communication and social networks are changing the way that people communicate. Today people are able to relay messages to those around them and those across the world neatly instantly. This instant communication is playing a critical role in emergency communication. Read More >

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The Healthy Traveler’s Mindset — Mitigating Risk and Embracing Adventure

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By: Cullen Welch      “All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger, but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” —Niccolò Machiavelli Every Course in Life is Risky As a backpacker abroad, Read More >

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A Healthy Community is a Prepared Community

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As communities look at how to prepare for the next emergency, they usually focus on stockpiling emergency supplies, having clear alert networks and ways to communicate with the public, and designating evacuation routes and shelter locations. While all of these are key aspects of emergency planning, one area of preparedness that is often overlooked is community health. Read More >

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Medicine Dispensing Exercise Held at Virginia Costco


What comes to mind when you think “community”? Maybe you immediately think of neighbors and friends who live nearby. Or perhaps local businesses, churches, civic organizations and others. What about some of your regular stops around your community such as your pharmacy where you fill your prescriptions or buy over-the-counter medicine?  Read More >

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Frozen Without a Plan: A Mom, 3 Kids, and the Atlanta Ice Storm

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It was 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in January, and Kelly had been on the road for four hours. She was only a few miles from work, but many miles from home. Her rearview mirror showed a backseat full of children – 5-year-old Savannah, and her 9-month-old twins Read More >

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