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.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
Selected Category: Response
August 14th, 2013 12:38 pm ET - Blog Administrator
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.
July 2nd, 2013 12:45 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Georgina Peacock
When Hurricane Katrina hit, Julie thought she was ready. She always had an emergency kit prepared because her son Zac needs medical supplies and equipment to keep him happy and healthy. Zac has spina bifida, a major birth defect of the spine; hydrocephalus, which means he has extra fluid in and around the brain; and, a number of food and drug allergies. He has sensitivities to changes in temperature and barometric pressure. Therefore, she always made sure they had a week’s worth of supplies and medicine ready when it was time to evacuate. “There is a very delicate medical balance,” she said. “When he has an issue, the dominos tend to fall quickly.”
June 18th, 2013 8:58 am ET - Blog Administrator
Whether you live in tornado alley or in a hurricane-prone coastal region, it’s important to include emotional wellness activities in your diaster plan. Severe weather and evacuations can cause emotional distress such as anxiety, worry, and fear in both adults and children. Although no one can plan for a disaster, you can practice healthy coping skills by following these tips.
May 23rd, 2013 12:52 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Sherline Lee
Even for an epidemiologist who works in public health preparedness and response, being asked to explain to the public what we do at CDC can be difficult.
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