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Helping Children Cope With a Disaster

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David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about.  They may also feel sad or sorry for others and want very much to help them.  Worries that something similar will happen to them or their family may lead them to Read More >

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Dobbins Air Reserve Base: Hurricane Katrina

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  The day after Hurricane Katrina hit, Sheri Russo got the call from the Cobb County Public Health Department that the National Medical Disaster System (NMDS) would be activated in Marietta, Georgia. As the field coordinator for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Sheri Russo covers seven counties in the Atlanta metro area.  She is the Read More >

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Do 1 Thing: Get Involved

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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 how you can get involved and build a more resilient community. The common belief is that in an emergency, the first people to respond will be Read More >

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On the Scene: Wildfire Communication in Colorado

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By Nicole Hawk An estimated 75,000 wildfires occur in the United States each year, and each one has potential public health concerns including evacuating safely, dealing with smoke, or cleaning up spoiled food after a power outage.  In June 2013, Colorado faced multiple devastating wildfires, including the Royal Gorge Fire in Cañon City, which required Read More >

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EvacuKids

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By Meredith Cherney When you ask someone what the most important thing to have on hand for a hurricane is, the common answers include food, water, flashlights, batteries, or a radio.  As I read through my student surveys however, I found a different set of answers.  Lifejackets.  Boats.  Buckets.  Axes. Growing up in New Orleans Read More >

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Do 1 Thing: Family Communication Plan

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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 family communication plans. For Do 1 Thing this month, it was time to sit down and create a family communication plan. The point is to Read More >

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