CDC is responsible for protecting the public from a host of health threats, including some pretty scary pathogens, like Ebola virus or anthrax for example. One way we do this is through our Select Agents Program which is responsible for governing and regulating the use of certain pathogens by research facilities and labs around the world. In the beginning of December I had the remarkable opportunity to accompany the inspection team who helps regulate the Select Agents Program on one of their routine lab inspections. I was invited to an inspection of a laboratory in the Southeast region of the U.S. that handles rare and dangerous pathogens to get a glimpse of how the Inspection team operates, what they look for, and what they do to protect us.
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Selected Category: Preparedness
February 6th, 2014 8:43 am ET - Ali S. Khan
January 30th, 2014 3:31 pm ET - Blog Administrator
What many would call a “dusting,” we Atlantans would call a “snowpocalypse” as evidence by this week’s 2 inches of snow which crippled the city, causing severe gridlock across the metro area, stranding school children and commuters who were forced to abandon cars on the highway. The mayor of Atlanta and Governor Deal have been making the media circuit, trying to explain what happened to cause the city to grind to a halt, but regardless of who’s fault it was, it’s time to take a look at the situation and see what we can learn from a preparedness perspective. Here are our top 5 lessons learned, that don’t just apply to folks in the Deep South, but to everyone who might be caught in an emergency situation.
December 23rd, 2013 10:54 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Cate Shockey
We’ve all done it. Bumps and bruises are commonplace in every day life. Usually a band-aid and some antiseptic is the right treatment to get the job done. But if an emergency happens and you have to call for an ambulance, do you know what to do while you wait? Do you have the supplies you need to do basic first aid? Or the training to perform CPR?
November 26th, 2013 11:15 am ET - Blog Administrator
With the holidays around the corner and winter weather creeping in, it’s the perfect time to put together your emergency kit. Your kit should include important items that you will need in an emergency, and a go bag of things you will need if you have to evacuate. Trying to get supplies after an emergency can be difficult. Roads may not be accessible, grocery stores may be closed, ATMs might not be working, and other people may have also rushed out for supplies, emptying out the store shelves of what you need most.
October 30th, 2013 10:47 am ET - Blog Administrator
Do you know what to do if the power goes out? A power outage often follows another emergency – like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm – but it can also be the result of downed trees, heat waves, and blackouts. Because you never know when the power can go out, it is important to be prepared to able to meet your basic needs without electricity.
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.
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