In the last eight years, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has conducted 78 large scale emergency drills. On the afternoon of April 15, immediately following the two bombs set off during the Boston marathon, it was time to put their well-practiced plans into action.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
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September 18th, 2013 8:29 am ET - Blog Administrator
September 11th, 2013 1:52 pm ET - Blog Administrator
David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about. They may also feel sad or sorry for others and want very much to help them. Worries that something similar will happen to them or their family may lead them to ask a lot of questions so that they can better understand what has happened and therefore what they can do to protect themselves and their family. Parents and other adults who care for children can do a lot to help them understand and cope.
September 3rd, 2013 8:28 am ET - Blog Administrator
August 28th, 2013 9:36 am ET - Blog Administrator
The common belief is that in an emergency, the first people to respond will be the police, fire, and EMS crews. However, in a widespread disaster, first responders may be overwhelmed. It will be up to you and your community to work together, endure the situation, and return to some sense of normalcy.
August 14th, 2013 12:38 pm ET - Blog Administrator
An estimated 75,000 wildfires occur in the United States each year, and each one has potential public health concerns including evacuating safely, dealing with smoke, or cleaning up spoiled food after a power outage. In June 2013, Colorado faced multiple devastating wildfires, including the Royal Gorge Fire in Cañon City, which required the evacuation of a state prison, and the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, which became the most destructive in Colorado history.
August 7th, 2013 1:15 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Meredith Cherney
When you ask someone what the most important thing to have on hand for a hurricane is, the common answers include food, water, flashlights, batteries, or a radio. As I read through my student surveys however, I found a different set of answers. Lifejackets. Boats. Buckets. Axes.
Growing up in New Orleans fosters a unique hurricane perspective.
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