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Coping with Disasters

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

Storm Damage - tree down in the road

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.

Hurricane Sandy: What Have We Learned?

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

Image of structures destroyed following Hurricane SandyBy Maggie Silver

Superstorm Sandy

Long Beach is your typical northeastern city nestled on Long Island. A mix of apartments, homes and buildings set on the water with an idyllic boardwalk that draws in plenty of tourists during the summer months. And like many other cities in the tri-state area, it was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

The Next Monopoly? What “Pandemic” teaches us about public health

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Preparedness, Response

close up of the Pandemic board game

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.  

Do 1 Thing: Work, School, and Community

Categories: Do 1 Thing, Preparedness

Children practicing a tornado drill at school

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 preparedness at work, school, and in your community.

No matter where you are, you need to know how to make sure you and your loved ones are safe in an emergency. If you’re not at home during an emergency, do you know what the plan is for your work, child’s school, or community?

From CDC to ABC: H7N9 from Hong Kong

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, General, Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination, Response

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.

Public Health: Are We Too Slow?

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Foodborne, General, Response

 Meat thermometer and raw chicken breast

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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