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Public Art with Preparedness at Heart: The Evacuspot

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

It is Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I would like to take this time to introduce myself. I’m an EvacuSpot. I am a piece of public art with a purpose and a message. You will soon notice me on the city of New Orleans’ landscape. My journey has not been quick or easy, and I would not be ready to hit the streets of New Orleans without the support of those who care so much about our great city.  Oh wait, that’s jumping ahead.  Let me start from the beginning and tell you what I represent.

Extreme Weather, Extreme Outbreaks, and Extreme Science-based Preparedness and Response

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

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.

Special Needs and Tornadoes: A Joplin Story

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

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. 

Do 1 Thing January: Make a Plan

Categories: Do 1 Thing, General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

By Cate Shockey

This blog is part of a

series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program.  Join us this month as we discuss “making a plan.”series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program.  Join us this month as we discuss “making a plan.”

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? 

Do 1 Thing in 2013

Categories: Do 1 Thing, General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

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.  

Project Wildfire: A Community Approach to Surviving Wildfires

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

 

Wildfires burning brush and treesBy Kate Lighthall

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.

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