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Lessons from Atlanta

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

photo of television screen showing news coverage of Atlanta snowstormWhat many would call a “dusting,” we Atlantans would call a “snowpocalypse” as evidence by this week’s 2 inches of snow which crippled the city, causing severe gridlock across the metro area, stranding school children and commuters who were forced to abandon cars on the highway. The mayor of Atlanta and Governor Deal have been making the media circuit, trying to explain what happened to cause the city to grind to a halt, but regardless of who’s fault it was, it’s time to take a look at the situation and see what we can learn from a preparedness perspective. Here are our top 5 lessons learned, that don’t just apply to folks in the Deep South, but to everyone who might be caught in an emergency situation.

Do 1 Thing: First Aid

Categories: Do 1 Thing, General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

ambulance driving

By Cate Shockey

This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program . Join us this month to discuss first aid.

We’ve all done it. Bumps and bruises are commonplace in every day life.  Usually a band-aid and some antiseptic is the right treatment to get the job done.  But if an emergency happens and you have to call for an ambulance, do you know what to do while you wait?  Do you have the supplies you need to do basic first aid?  Or the training to perform CPR?

Outbreak of Meningitis Causing Health Officials to Look Overseas for Help

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, General, Prevention/Vaccination

male student walking to university buildingBy Thomas Clark, MD, MPH

This time last year public health officials were grappling with a meningitis outbreak linked to fungus found in tainted medication.  Now officials are trying to rein in a different outbreak of meningitis, more specifically meningococcal disease, popping up on a college campus, including Princeton University.

Winter is Coming… Be Ready

Categories: General

Game of Thrones winter icons

With winter bearing down on most of the country this week, it’s a great time to make sure you’re ready for cold weather.  Winter can be unpredictable as temperatures drop quickly and snow piles up within hours.  Winter is coming, so heed the advice of the Game of Thrones and start preparing now.

Flu Fighting Facts: How to stay healthy this flu season

Categories: Flu, General, Prevention/Vaccination

Girl receiving flu vaccine from female doctor

With colder temperatures comes the holiday season, a new year, and of course, flu season

Flu activity is currently low in the United States, but is expected to increase in the coming weeks, making now a great time to prepare.  Flu infects millions of people every flu season and causes an estimated 200,000-plus people each year to be hospitalized. 

Do 1 Thing: Power

Categories: Do 1 Thing, General, Preparedness

power lines downBy Cate Shockey

This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program. Join us this month to discuss power.

Do you know what to do if the power goes out?  A power outage often follows another emergency – like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm – but it can also be the result of downed trees, heat waves, and blackouts.  Because you never know when the power can go out, it is important to be prepared to able to meet your basic needs without electricity.

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