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Q & A with Max Brooks

Categories: Preparedness, Response, Zombies

Dr. Ali Khan and Max Brooks

Apparently I hit a chord with my readers this May when I posted “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” The initial response was overwhelming, with people of all ages and all walks of life writing and calling to say how much they enjoyed reading the blog and how they were getting prepared for any emergency, whether it be hurricanes, floods, or yes even a zombie apocalypse. The response hasn’t slowed down and that has made me wonder what it is about zombies that is so intriguing? Recently, I had a chance to talk to a veritable zombie expert, Max Brooks, and asked him a few questions about the topic now dear to both our hearts…zombies.

Wildfires: What YOU Need to Know…

Categories: Natural Disasters

Firefighter looking at a wildfire

This summer has been especially hot and dry, which creates an ideal environment for wildfires to ignite. They’ve been flaring up across the country and are a serious threat to people’s health and wellbeing. We all know wildfires can threaten wildlife, property, and our lives, but the smoke produced by these fires is just as devastating.

A Time to Remember

Categories: Anthrax, Preparedness, Response

aerial shot of the twin towers burning

By Captain Tracee Treadwell

Ten years ago, the September 11th tragedies devastated our country and forever changed our lives.  On this anniversary, we remember those we lost, as well as those who worked tirelessly and courageously during the response efforts.  I had the honor of working with these heroic individuals near Ground Zero.  Although a decade has passed, the memories I have of those events are as vivid as if they took place yesterday.

Outbreak Investigation: A Cheat Sheet

Categories: Disease Investigation

Scientist in biocontainment suit examining a dead rat

With the approaching release of the movie Contagion, I thought it would be appropriate to post my cheat sheet on how to investigate a disease outbreak. Aspiring disease detectives take notes!

What do you think of when you hear the word “outbreak”?  Maybe you envision a population decimated by a terrible, novel, and incurable disease like in the aformentioned movie Contagion or you think of Dustin Hoffman roaming around California in a blue biocontainment suit with Rene Russo trying to protect folks from a tiny monkey and narrowly preventing an airstrike by the US military?

Ten Years Later, What’s Changed?

Categories: Anthrax, General

September 11 Newspapers and Headlines

The events of 9/11 will forever be engrained in our memories. The attacks on the twin towers, Pentagon, and the anthrax attacks which followed were unimaginable at the time. Ten years after these tragic events, what’s changed?

Breakbone Fever Attacks Enchanted Island: Battling the 2010 Dengue Epidemic in Puerto Rico

Categories: General, Vectorborne

Mosquito biting human 

by Tyler M. Sharp, PhD

Paradise Has Its Risks
Given the choice I prefer my bones to remain unbroken. For that reason I began to worry when I found out that the disease I would be studying for the next two years in Puerto Rico was also referred to as “breakbone fever.”

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