James Vaughan, founder of Ndemic Creations, spoke to CDC staff on March 20, 2013 about his new mobile app, Plague Inc. Within the game, players select a pathogen and strategize how to evolve symptoms, transmit the disease, and counter actions taken by world governments and scientists. With a successful disease, players can watch as governments fall and humanity is wiped out.
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April 16th, 2013 8:18 am ET - Ali S. Khan
April 3rd, 2013 8:54 am ET - Blog Administrator
By: Ethan M. Riley
Staff meetings for the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) Public Information Office (PIO) are pretty run of the mill. We review the past week’s accomplishments, divvy up assignments for the coming week and forecast projects for the weeks ahead. We talk a lot of “shop,” but also make time to dish on our favorite subject …lunch. So it did not come as a great surprise to those who know me or my colleagues that the ADEM PIO office would start a “Whole Community” campaign called the Emergency Kit Cook-Off.
March 27th, 2013 9:39 am ET - Blog Administrator
When asked, leaders in communities everywhere will say that communication is by far the biggest problem during an emergency. Communication is such a broad term that it does not pinpoint the problem. Is it actual communication systems like phone lines and cell towers? Is it the communication you receive or try to obtain in an emergency? Is it communication to the people you are responsible for? Is it communication from the people you are responsible for? The question becomes how do we go about addressing these issues? Start small and focus on one solution to one communication problem.
March 12th, 2013 12:00 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Daniel Homsey
Often a city‘s identity is attached to a significant event in its past, and for San Francisco that event is the Earthquake of 1906. That fateful event, in which thousands perished and our City burned to the ground, captured the attention of the whole world. Its legacy forged a commitment in the psyche of every San Franciscan – never again.
March 6th, 2013 11:05 am ET - Blog Administrator
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 tackle “sheltering.”series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program. Join us this month as we tackle “sheltering.”
When I was a kid, sheltering immediately conjured terrifying images of Dorothy Gale missing her chance to take shelter in the cellar and being swept away by a tornado and serenaded by munchkins. In reality, growing up in the Midwest included frequent basement sheltering for tornado warnings and cowering in the hallways at school with a hardback textbook over my head.
February 27th, 2013 11:16 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Gaetina Hodnett
It was a cloudy Monday in late October 2012 when Superstorm Sandy approached Long Island. The weather reports were frequent and very informative; however, I didn’t think the storm would have any impact on my family because of our experience with Hurricane Irene the previous year. We live less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean and sustained minimal damage after Hurricane Irene.
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