Seeing images of the devastation in the Philippines reminded me of my own experiences with Hurricane Katrina and the Asian Tsunami. During both of those events, I had the honor to join CDC (and WHO in the case of Indonesia) teams to help re-establish crucial public health services and support the impacted communities. Disaster recovery isn’t just about rebuilding damaged homes and businesses; it has everything to do with health.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
Selected Category: Response
November 13th, 2013 3:39 pm ET - Ali S. Khan
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.
September 11th, 2013 1:52 pm ET - Blog Administrator
David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about. They may also feel sad or sorry for others and want very much to help them. Worries that something similar will happen to them or their family may lead them to ask a lot of questions so that they can better understand what has happened and therefore what they can do to protect themselves and their family. Parents and other adults who care for children can do a lot to help them understand and cope.
August 14th, 2013 12:38 pm ET - Blog Administrator
An estimated 75,000 wildfires occur in the United States each year, and each one has potential public health concerns including evacuating safely, dealing with smoke, or cleaning up spoiled food after a power outage. In June 2013, Colorado faced multiple devastating wildfires, including the Royal Gorge Fire in Cañon City, which required the evacuation of a state prison, and the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, which became the most destructive in Colorado history.
July 31st, 2013 10:25 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Cate Shockey
For Do 1 Thing this month, it was time to sit down and create a family communication plan. The point is to be able to communicate with family members during a disaster.
July 12th, 2013 10:27 am ET - Blog Administrator
In 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the upper Texas coast with many animals lost and many more suffering needlessly. This storm triggered a request for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to form a deployable veterinary emergency team.
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