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Take the Pledge to Improve your Community’s Preparedness

Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare. America's PrepareAthon logo

Are you and your family prepared to face a disaster? What about your neighborhood?  Do you know your neighbors’ emergency plan or how you can help each other during an emergency? April kicks-off America’s PrepareAthon!—a nationwide campaign to increase emergency preparedness and community resilience.  Throughout the month local, state, and federal groups will take the Read More >

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The Great Thaw: looking back on Boston’s record-breaking winter

Boston duck statues in the snow

Four winter storms, more than 108 inches of snow, and one record-breaking season later, Boston is ready for spring! Despite the promise of warmer temperatures, the slowly melting snow is a reminder of the emergency response and community resilience that Boston has demonstrated these past few months.

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Keeping your Emergency Kit Nutritious

Vegetables in cans

When gathering food for an emergency kit, we often think about items that do not require cooking or refrigeration and have a long storage life. Yet, we often forget to check the nutritional value of the food in our emergency kits. March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to review the food in Read More >

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Introducing CDC’s New Director of Public Health Preparedness and Response

Dr. Stephen Redd director of CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

Meet Rear Admiral Stephen C. Redd, MD, the new director of CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Dr. Redd is a Rear Admiral and Assistant to the Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service. He comes to CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) from CDC’s Influenza Coordination Division Read More >

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CDC’s CHEMPACK Program—The Stockpile that may protect you from a chemical attack

It’s a terrifying but plausible scenario. You’re in an enclosed crowded place—perhaps a subway or a mall—and a terrorist organization releases lethal quantities of a nerve agent such as sarin into the air. The gas sends your nervous system into overdrive. You begin having convulsions. EMTs rush to the scene while you go into respiratory Read More >

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On the Track: How Games Can Help Make Us Disaster Ready

Train Tracks

By Jenny Gottstein Last August, I embarked on a cross-country train trip to explore  how games might be used for disaster preparedness. In each city I met with first responders, Red Cross chapters, disaster management agencies, and community leaders. The goal was to identify ways to increase resilience through interactive games. The trip was fascinating, and Read More >

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