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Testing…1,2,3: How Does CDC Respond to Anthrax?

Categories: Anthrax, General, Preparedness, Response


This week, CDC’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile is practicing how it would respond to the release of anthrax in multiple locations across the nation. Four states – North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky – also are participating in this exercise so they, too, can test their abilities to respond.

Be a Force of Nature

Categories: Natural Disasters, Preparedness

icon for national severe weather preparedness week

This time last year, storms ripped through the central and southern United States spawning more than 300 tornadoes and claiming hundreds of lives. This year we observed National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in memory of these tragic events and to encourage everyone to learn what to do when severe weather strikes.

Traveling to the Olympics this summer? Be careful what you bring back

Categories: Prevention/Vaccination

Aerial view of Olympic Stadium in LondonWith the 2012 Summer Olympics less than 100 days away, people around the world are preparing. Athletes are putting in their final weeks of training, London officials are getting the city ready for visitors, and spectators are making travel plans. In CDC’s case, we’re trying to make sure everyone’s healthy for the big event.

Meta-Leadership: Closing Preparedness Gaps to Safeguard America

Categories: Preparedness, Response


By Charles Stokes, President and CEO, CDC Foundation

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the deep budget cuts that are straining the capacity of CDC, along with state and local health agencies across the country.  In these tough times, community leaders have to figure out creative ways to help close the gaps to keep America healthy, safe and secure.

One model approach for bringing communities together is the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness.  A “meta-leader” is a leader of leaders – someone who can mobilize people and organizations to collaborate in times of crisis.

Creating and Strengthening Community-Based Disaster Coalitions

Categories: Preparedness, Response

evacuation route street sign

By Christine Griffith and Carol Jeffers, Sarasota County Health and Human Service, and Patrick Gardner, University of South Florida 

Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, Sarasota County is no stranger to extreme weather and natural disasters. But as Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane says, “You don’t have to be hit by a hurricane to be impacted by one.”  In addition to direct blows from Mother Nature, Sarasota must also be prepared to receive evacuees from other areas affected by disasters. 

Vaccines: Test Your Knowledge

Categories: Prevention/Vaccination

  Doctor giving shot to woman

World experts are working to increase vaccination to protect our communities: True or False? 

TRUE.  Immunization campaigns have played an important role in helping vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio virtually disappear. The occurrence of diseases such as measles, pertussis, and diphtheria, among others were all significantly reduced after vaccination.   At the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, GA from March 11-14, vaccines were a hot topic. This biennial conference gathered world experts from across the nation including CDC, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), World Health Organization (WHO), Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and many others to discuss the latest diseases plaguing society, who they are affecting, why they are present, and what can be done to control them. These experts are continually working to promote the health of our communities through effective vaccination programs and the development of new vaccines.

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