With the holidays around the corner and winter weather creeping in, it’s the perfect time to put together your emergency kit. Your kit should include important items that you will need in an emergency, and a go bag of things you will need if you have to evacuate. Trying to get supplies after an emergency can be difficult. Roads may not be accessible, grocery stores may be closed, ATMs might not be working, and other people may have also rushed out for supplies, emptying out the store shelves of what you need most.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
November 26th, 2013 11:15 am ET - Blog Administrator
November 20th, 2013 12:32 pm ET - Blog Administrator
With colder temperatures comes the holiday season, a new year, and of course, flu season!
Flu activity is currently low in the United States, but is expected to increase in the coming weeks, making now a great time to prepare. Flu infects millions of people every flu season and causes an estimated 200,000-plus people each year to be hospitalized.
November 13th, 2013 3:39 pm ET - Ali S. Khan
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 isn’t just about rebuilding damaged homes and businesses; it has everything to do with health.
October 30th, 2013 10:47 am ET - Blog Administrator
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 – but it can also be the result of downed trees, heat waves, and blackouts. Because you never know when the power can go out, it is important to be prepared to able to meet your basic needs without electricity.
October 24th, 2013 10:46 am ET - Blog Administrator
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 the lights go out. Literally.
October 22nd, 2013 8:44 am ET - Blog Administrator
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 from the lungs to the bones, skin, and organs. It can cause lifelong pain and disability and require years of expensive medications. If you live in one of the 15 states that are required to report cases of the disease to the CDC, you have a greater chance of getting valley fever than you do AIDS, hepatitis, or Lyme disease.
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