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.
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November 26th, 2013 11:15 am ET - Blog Administrator
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.
October 22nd, 2013 8:44 am ET - Blog Administrator
One year ago, valley fever was a disease that few people outside of Arizona or Central California had heard of.
Caused by breathing in spores from a fungus that grows in the dirt throughout the Southwest, coccidioidomycosis – as it is formally known – can cause serious illness and a painful death. It spreads from the lungs to the bones, skin, and organs. It can cause lifelong pain and disability and require years of expensive medications. If you live in one of the 15 states that are required to report cases of the disease to the CDC, you have a greater chance of getting valley fever than you do AIDS, hepatitis, or Lyme disease.
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 18th, 2013 8:29 am ET - Blog Administrator
In the last eight years, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has conducted 78 large scale emergency drills. On the afternoon of April 15, immediately following the two bombs set off during the Boston marathon, it was time to put their well-practiced plans into action.
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