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Startling Facts You Should Know About Disaster Preparedness

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By Regina Quadir A recent national poll by Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation  surveyed 1,000 Americans about their personal preparedness behaviors and the results show that we’re not ready: Read More >

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Disaster Recovery – An Emotional Response

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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 Read More >

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Delicious Disasters

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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. Read More >

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Preparedness Gadgets for Dad

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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 Read More >

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Pertussis: A known villain. Are you protected?

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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 Read More >

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Test Your Knowledge: Hurricanes

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The 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 Read More >

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