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?
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
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July 15th, 2014 10:18 am ET - Blog Administrator
June 10th, 2014 1:43 pm ET - Blog Administrator
Gol! That’s Portuguese for goal, and it’s a word you’ll be hearing more often starting Thursday, June 12th, when the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil. The competition, which will take place in 12 cities across Brazil, will last for a month and bring together 32 teams from around the world to compete for the title (and bragging rights for the next 4 years).
The World Cup is similar to the Olympics in regard to travel unknowns. If you make the trip, you’ll be traveling to a foreign country where you might not be familiar with the language and have to deal with spread-out venues and large crowds. Although the spread of communicable diseases like flu are higher during events like this, the truth is that motor vehicle crashes are the number 1 killer of healthy U.S. citizens in foreign countries. Below are some last-minute tips and suggestions for having a safe World Cup.
May 21st, 2014 12:11 pm ET - Blog Administrator
When the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) in Virginia put out a call for volunteers to help conduct a tuberculosis (TB) contact investigation, Rosalia Parada, a long time Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer, jumped at the chance to serve her community. The investigation was sparked when news of three students from Robert E. Lee High School acquired TB around the same time.
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.
April 24th, 2014 2:33 pm ET - Blog Administrator
According to a poll done by Kelton Research in 2012, 9 out of 10 Americans expect a world disaster to occur in the next quarter century and 56% said they aren’t prepared for it. Getting prepared can be as easy as putting a kit together, making a plan, and being informed. But it’s also essential to know what type of emergencies are likely to occur in your area and during what time of the year. On Wednesday, participate in America’s PrepareAthon, which highlights simple, specific steps individuals and organizations should take to increase their preparedness for a potential disaster.
April 10th, 2014 12:02 pm ET - Blog Administrator
You could say that those of us who work in preparedness are a little obsessed with making sure we’ve got our emergency kits stocked and ready, our emergency plans up to date, and our neighbors are ready too. So we’ve got a few households in Georgia ready for a public health emergency (and a few others around the country – don’t forget about friends and family!), but how do we get the country ready? How do we get the government and other response organizations prepared?
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