In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the news media has increased discussion and debate about what needs to be done in the future to better prepare our country for emergencies. Whether it’s another superstorm or the next H1N1, disasters are inevitable.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
Selected Category: Response
January 24th, 2013 9:25 am ET - Ali S. Khan
January 18th, 2013 2:26 pm ET - Blog Administrator
It’s been almost two years since a devastating tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri, and the community continues to rebuild. Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit Joplin to learn more about The Independent Living Center -Joplin (TILC), one of seven programs chosen as a promising example of FEMA’s Whole Community Approach to emergency management.
January 16th, 2013 9:15 am ET - Blog Administrator
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My family was curled up watching Home Alone on Christmas Eve when the lights flickered and went out. Wondering whether or not we were the only house affected, my dad looked out the window to see what was happening while my mother thought this would be a perfect time to break out her End of the World emergency kit (don’t get me started). When my dad retrieved said “kit,” it consisted of a lantern-style flashlight and 16 D-batteries. Pitiful. This was how she was planning to survive the end of the world?
January 1st, 2013 8:00 am ET - Blog Administrator
New Year’s resolutions have been on our mind at CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Through the halls you will hear talk of losing weight, reading more, spending less money… the list goes on and on. But let’s be honest, resolutions can be hard to keep. This year, make a resolution you can keep. Commit to improving your preparedness skills and resources for emergency situations.
December 3rd, 2012 10:49 am ET - Blog Administrator
Project Wildfire in Deschutes County, Oregon has been recognized by CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Responses’ (OPHPR) Learning Office and the CDC Foundation as a community effort that reflects and embodies FEMA’s Whole Community approach to emergency management.
Although central Oregon experiences other natural and man-made disasters, wildfires are by far the biggest threat here, especially during the summer months. In an average year, we experience 450 fires that burn 50,000 acres and homes, threaten lives and impact the economy. Following two devastating wildfires that burned in Bend, Oregon in 1990 and again in 1996, the Fire Chief of Deschutes County, Oregon, Gary Marshall, received a phone call from Safeco Insurance offering to contribute to the purchase of new firefighting equipment. Marshall politely declined Safeco’s offer because he had a more effective, long-term solution in mind that involved educating the public about the risks of wildfires.
November 27th, 2012 1:46 pm ET - Blog Administrator
When I offered to coordinate CDC/PHPR’s participation at this year’s Dragon*Con, I truly did not grasp how big of an event it is. Dragon*Con is considered the largest pop culture convention in the universe – and while trying to navigate through the crowd of roughly fifty two thousand sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, and science enthusiasts the enormity of the event quickly became apparent.
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