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Disaster Recovery – An Emotional Response

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Response

woman and man looking out over flooded houses and road

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.

Delicious Disasters

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

 

molten lava cake

What happens when you combine delectable delights with mother nature?  You get foods named after disasters. While we’re not sure if the actual disasters inspired the creative chefs to name these delights, we’re sure that they are delicious.

Preparedness Gadgets for Dad

Categories: General, Preparedness

Father’s day is this weekend so we thought it was the perfect time to review some of the great preparedness gear out there, because let’s face it, dads love gadgets! From solar powered chargers to MacGyver utility knives it’s likely that survival gear has come a long way since your dad’s days as a cub scout. Check out some of the high tech gear we found and don’t forget to review our emergency kit checklist.

Pertussis: A known villain. Are you protected?

Categories: Disease Outbreak, General, Prevention/Vaccination

Toddler coughing

By Kara Stephens

Current Status: Public Health Nemesis

If you’ve been reading the news the past few weeks, you may have heard about the recent outbreak of pertussis that has reached epidemic levels in Washington.  There have been 2,092 cases reported statewide through June 5, 2012, compared to 164 reported cases in 2011 during the same time period.  Other states are also reporting increased levels or outbreaks of pertussis. Outbreaks reported in schools and communities as well as the beginning of summer camp season highlight the importance of public awareness.  View the Pertussis Disease Villain’s rap sheet below to find out more about this public health nemesis. 

Test Your Knowledge: Hurricanes

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

aerial view of hurricane over the AtlanticThe 2012 Hurricane Season starts Friday, June 1st, but we’ve already seen some action with two storms, Alberto and Beryl, that battered Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina with heavy rains and strong winds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled its 2012 predictions last week, estimating between 9-15 tropical storms this year, with up to 8 storms reaching hurricane strength and up to 3 major hurricanes. 

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease: A Mother’s Perspective

Categories: Disease Outbreak, General

family photo

By Kara Stephens

Memorial Day weekend last year, I was changing my daughter, Kinsey, when I noticed a blister on her finger and a few red marks near her diaper line and on her knees.  I really didn’t worry too much about it at first, thinking it may have been some sort of mild allergic reaction or bug bites from playing outside all day.  Later that afternoon, she took a drink from her sippy cup and began to cry as she shoved her hands into her mouth, desperately trying to figure out what was causing the pain.  Thinking it was just the budding of new baby teeth I went and got some Orajel from the medicine cabinet. Only when I went to apply it I noticed the pain wasn’t caused by her teeth, but several blisters that had formed on the back of her throat and tongue.   At this moment I knew something was wrong and all of my epidemiology and infectious disease coursework came flooding back to me.

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