A brutal snowstorm strikes at mid-day. Roads grow increasingly congested as commuters across the city scramble to get home before conditions worsen. Ice begins to jam roads, and resulting accidents turn interstates into parking lots and neighborhood roads into skating rinks. Some parents grow increasingly desperate to reach their children as roads become impassable, leaving students stranded on buses and at school. Other parents pick up their children only to become stuck in their cars.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
Selected Category: Natural Disasters
September 2nd, 2014 9:48 am ET - Blog Administrator
August 26th, 2014 8:51 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Sonja Rasmussen, MD, MS
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital is a non-fiction book written by journalist Dr. Sheri Fink. The book chronicles the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when thousands of people were trapped, without power, inside Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans in August 2005.
After reading Dr. Fink’s book I had the opportunity to talk to her about and her thoughts on emergency preparedness. Below we talk about her experience:
Your experiences at Memorial are haunting for me as a public health professional, physician, and acting director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at CDC. When I read Five Days at Memorial, it was really a reality check as to how critical it is that we ensure that public health departments and hospitals can adequately respond to threats as well as maintain an infrastructure to function during an emergency.
August 13th, 2014 10:34 am ET - Blog Administrator
By: Dennis Cooley, MD, FAAP
Joplin, Missouri was devastated by an F5 tornado in 2011. Heart to Heart International set up a clinic in a Walgreens parking lot near the hardest hit area to care for injured volunteers. The clinic provided medical care on a walk-in basis. Dr. Dennis Cooley worked in the clinic three weeks after the storm hit the town.
July 15th, 2014 10:18 am ET - Blog Administrator
Have you ever considered what you would do if you were out and about and severe weather struck? Where would you find shelter? Would it be safe to try to go home?
June 19th, 2014 9:38 am ET - Blog Administrator
In May 2013, deadly tornadoes swept Moore, Oklahoma, destroying homes and the very foundation of community that families had come to know. At the heart of the destruction were children, whose schools, parks, and child care facilities were damaged beyond recognition, and in some cases, blown away along with children’s sense of routine and normalcy.
Save the Children has spent the year in Moore, facilitating child care reconstruction and emotional recovery for children and caregivers long after the media cameras left. But as the one-year anniversary approached, the organization teamed up with local child care providers and PTA’s to raise the spirits of the kids who bravely endured the tragedy.
May 14th, 2014 10:02 am ET - Blog Administrator
“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” – Mark Twain
While spring officially sprung in late March, it’s only been in the last few weeks that we’ve seen the characteristically unpredictable weather that ushers in the fun-in-the-sun summer.
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