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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


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


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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Do 1 Thing: Be Informed


By: Cate Shockey Getting correct information during an emergency is critical to making the right decisions.  There are many ways to stay informed, from staying connected to information from local authorities to knowing how your community alerts residents of dangerous situations. Make sure your family can receive, understand, and act on information in an emergency. Read More >

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Hospital Preparedness and the Boston Marathon Bombing

Brigham and Women's Hospital

In the last eight years, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has conducted 78 large scale emergency drills.  On the afternoon of April 15, immediately following the two bombs set off during the Boston marathon, it was time to put their well-practiced plans into action. Read More >

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