Seeing images of the devastation in the Philippines reminded me of my own experiences with Hurricane Katrina and the Asian Tsunami. During both of those events, I had the honor to join CDC (and WHO in the case of Indonesia) teams to help re-establish crucial public health services and support the impacted communities. Disaster recovery isn’t just about rebuilding damaged homes and businesses; it has everything to do with health.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
Selected Category: Natural Disasters
November 13th, 2013 3:39 pm ET - Ali S. Khan
October 24th, 2013 10:46 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Kristen Nordlund
This Sunday night there might be a few things vying for your attention – it’s Game 4 of the World Series, the Packers face the Vikings, and there’s a new episode of The Walking Dead. In addition to sports and the undead, the National Geographic Channel is debuting a movie about what happens when the lights go out. Literally.
September 26th, 2013 10:27 am ET - Blog Administrator
Getting correct information during an emergency is critical to making the right decisions. There are many ways to stay informed, from staying connected to information from local authorities to knowing how your community alerts residents of dangerous situations. Make sure your family can receive, understand, and act on information in an emergency.
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.
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.
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