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Creating and Strengthening Community-Based Disaster Coalitions

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 Read More >

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Vaccines: Test Your Knowledge

   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 Read More >

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Connect with CDC on LinkedIn

CDC has created a LinkedIn account to bring together emergency preparedness and response professionals across the nation. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 120 million members and growing rapidly. This page connects you to trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals. Connect with Read More >

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Run for Your Lives

This weekend I attempted to stay healthy by running in a 5k. This wasn’t just any 5k though; along with several obstacles and an absurd amount of mud, it included zombies trying to “infect” runners (i.e. steal their flags). Of course what better way to improve your race time than to be chased by zombies? Read More >

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Disaster Movies: Lessons Learned

By Regina Quadir With the Oscars just 3 days away, movies have been on our mind lately here at CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.  Especially disaster movies.  They come in all kinds of flavors: deadly viruses, tornadoes, earthquakes, and, yes, even snakes on a plane.   Read More >

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The Great Flood of 2011, Thailand: A Firsthand Account

By Regina Quadir Thailand has a tropical climate with monsoon rains that come every summer. In 2011, the rains were unusually heavy, with a sequence of typhoons sweeping across southeast Asia. Regions of Thailand are now experiencing the worst floods in over fifty years, as water immerses villages, farms, and factories. The volume of water Read More >

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