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.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
Selected Category: Response
July 12th, 2013 10:27 am ET - Blog Administrator
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.
May 7th, 2013 12:55 pm ET - Blog Administrator
Taking on the role of interim CDC director can be an intimidating task, but an impending pandemic can make the position exponentially more daunting. This is the situation Dr. Richard Besser faced in 2009 when he stepped into his new job. But Besser took the task head on and guided the country’s premier health agency through the H1N1 outbreak with skill and confidence. Through this experience Besser saw first hand how important communication is to building the publics’ trust and improving health behaviors.
May 1st, 2013 12:27 pm ET - Blog Administrator
One of the many roles of public health is to protect consumers from threats like foodborne outbreaks. Much of this hinges on quickly getting out clear messages to the public that provide simple steps to help stem the spread of disease. This is something public health professionals have been doing for over a hundred years, but a recent outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg got us wondering, “Are we doing enough to keep the public safe? Are we too slow? And, How can we improve?”
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