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Category: Response

CDC’s Emergency Management Specialists

CDC's Emergency Operation Center

Meet Mark Hall, an emergency management specialist in CDC’s Division of Emergency Operations in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. As part of the Plans, Training, Exercise, and Evaluation Team -- he and his team make sure CDC is prepared for emergencies and assesses how the agency performs during a response. Read More >

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Looking Back: A Local Emergency Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Destroyed homes and rubble in Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake

On a cold January night in an icy church in Boston, I stood amongst more than a hundred Haitian community members feeling a strange proximity to the tragic earthquake that struck earlier that day in a hot distant island about which I knew little at the time. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti occurred when I was exploring the field of public health and working in the Commissioner’s Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Read More >

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Keeping Cool Under Pressure: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Summer 2015

An outdoor HVAC air conditioner unit located on a high-floor porch of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper.

In the summertime when the weather is hot, having air conditioning to help keep you cool can be a sweet relief. Have you ever felt a fine mist when walking past large buildings in the heat of the summer? That mist may have been water droplets from rooftop cooling towers that keep large air conditioning systems―like those found in hotels―running efficiently, even when temperatures are soaring outside. When these cooling towers are not properly maintained, they can become a home for Legionella bacteria Read More >

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Medicine Dispensing Exercise Held at Virginia Costco


What comes to mind when you think “community”? Maybe you immediately think of neighbors and friends who live nearby. Or perhaps local businesses, churches, civic organizations and others. What about some of your regular stops around your community such as your pharmacy where you fill your prescriptions or buy over-the-counter medicine?  Read More >

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Emergency Response 10 Years After Katrina

Shall That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave

In 2005, in the face of one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history, Dr. Dan Sosin was called upon as a member of the United States Public Health Service to deploy to Louisiana and provide support to the state’s emergency response. Amidst the chaos and devastation from Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Sosin traveled to the state emergency operation center in Baton Rouge  Read More >

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The Anatomy of an HIV Outbreak Response in a Rural Community

Drug abuse with people sharing the same syringe to inject heroine

In a small, rural town in Southern Indiana, a public health crisis emerges.  In a community that normally sees fewer than five new HIV diagnoses a year, more than a hundred new cases are diagnosed and almost all are coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). How was this outbreak discovered, and what caused this widespread Read More >

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