A recent national poll by Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation surveyed 1,000 Americans about their personal preparedness behaviors and the results show that we’re not ready:
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
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July 25th, 2012 4:37 pm ET - Blog Administrator
July 13th, 2012 12:36 pm ET - Blog Administrator
The effects of a disaster are not always physical. Houses and roads can be rebuilt and physical wounds will heal, but the emotional scars from a disaster can often be harder to fix.
In 2008 Cedar Rapids, Iowa experienced extreme flooding that wiped out businesses and homes, disrupting daily life and displacing residents. While other groups work on rebuilding the physical structures damages during the floods, the Upper Midwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UMPERLC) has been developing resources to prepare communities for the emotional and psychological needs following a disaster.
May 3rd, 2012 3:36 pm ET - Blog Administrator
This week, CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile is practicing how it would respond to the release of anthrax in multiple locations across the nation. Four states – North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky – also are participating in this exercise so they, too, can test their abilities to respond.
April 23rd, 2012 2:31 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Charles Stokes, President and CEO, CDC Foundation
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the deep budget cuts that are straining the capacity of CDC, along with state and local health agencies across the country. In these tough times, community leaders have to figure out creative ways to help close the gaps to keep America healthy, safe and secure.
One model approach for bringing communities together is the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness. A “meta-leader” is a leader of leaders – someone who can mobilize people and organizations to collaborate in times of crisis.
April 18th, 2012 11:52 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Christine Griffith and Carol Jeffers, Sarasota County Health and Human Service, and Patrick Gardner, University of South Florida
Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, Sarasota County is no stranger to extreme weather and natural disasters. But as Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane says, “You don’t have to be hit by a hurricane to be impacted by one.” In addition to direct blows from Mother Nature, Sarasota must also be prepared to receive evacuees from other areas affected by disasters.
March 7th, 2012 5:04 pm ET - Ali S. Khan
This weekend I attempted to stay healthy by running in a 5k. This wasn’t just any 5k though; along with several obstacles and an absurd amount of mud, it included zombies trying to “infect” runners (i.e. steal their flags). Of course what better way to improve your race time than to be chased by zombies?
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