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Do 1 Thing: Emergency Supplies

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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 to discuss emergency kits. With the holidays around the corner and winter weather creeping in, it’s the perfect time to put together your emergency kit.  Your kit should Read More >

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Flu Fighting Facts: How to stay healthy this flu season

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With colder temperatures comes the holiday season, a new year, and of course, flu season! Flu activity is currently low in the United States, but is expected to increase in the coming weeks, making now a great time to prepare.  Flu infects millions of people every flu season and causes an estimated 200,000-plus people each Read More >

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Typhoon Haiyan: A look at public health’s role in disaster recovery

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Seeing images of the devastation in the Philippines reminded me of my own experiences with Hurricane Katrina and the Asian Tsunami. During both of those events, I had the honor to join CDC (and WHO in the case of Indonesia) teams to help re-establish crucial public health services and support the impacted communities. Disaster recovery Read More >

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Do 1 Thing: Power

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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 to discuss power. Do you know what to do if the power goes out?  A power outage often follows another emergency – like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm Read More >

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American Blackout

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By Kristen Nordlund This Sunday night there might be a few things vying for your attention – it’s Game 4 of the World Series, the Packers face the Vikings, and there’s a new episode of The Walking Dead. In addition to sports and the undead, the National Geographic Channel is debuting a movie about what happens when Read More >

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Just One Breath: How Voices of Valley Fever Were Heard Coast to Coast

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By William Heisel One year ago, valley fever was a disease that few people outside of Arizona or Central California had heard of. Caused by breathing in spores from a fungus that grows in the dirt throughout the Southwest, coccidioidomycosis – as it is formally known – can cause serious illness and a painful death. It spreads Read More >

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