The common belief is that in an emergency, the first people to respond will be the police, fire, and EMS crews. However, in a widespread disaster, first responders may be overwhelmed. It will be up to you and your community to work together, endure the situation, and return to some sense of normalcy.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
August 28th, 2013 9:36 am ET - Blog Administrator
August 14th, 2013 12:38 pm ET - Blog Administrator
An estimated 75,000 wildfires occur in the United States each year, and each one has potential public health concerns including evacuating safely, dealing with smoke, or cleaning up spoiled food after a power outage. In June 2013, Colorado faced multiple devastating wildfires, including the Royal Gorge Fire in Cañon City, which required the evacuation of a state prison, and the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, which became the most destructive in Colorado history.
August 7th, 2013 1:15 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Meredith Cherney
When you ask someone what the most important thing to have on hand for a hurricane is, the common answers include food, water, flashlights, batteries, or a radio. As I read through my student surveys however, I found a different set of answers. Lifejackets. Boats. Buckets. Axes.
Growing up in New Orleans fosters a unique hurricane perspective.
July 31st, 2013 10:25 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Cate Shockey
For Do 1 Thing this month, it was time to sit down and create a family communication plan. The point is to be able to communicate with family members during a disaster.
July 24th, 2013 12:46 pm ET - Blog Administrator
Summer is upon us and many parts of the country are experiencing high temperatures which can pose a variety of different health problems. We’ve put together this new infographic to go over some of the facts and figures associated with heat waves. For more tips on staying healthy during the summer heat, visit http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/.
Remember to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed!
July 18th, 2013 1:01 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Tyler Sharp and Ryan R. Hemme
Wanna know a secret? Here it is. Chances are, the same reason you’re reading this blog is why many folks at CDC do what they do: a fascination with infectious diseases and a desire to help others. Although the work of CDC employees is frequently glamorized in movies like Outbreak and Contagion, we face the same challenges as any other large, complex organization: communication, logistics, funding, and teamwork. These challenges become especially apparent when outbreaks occur, such as during CDC’s recent response to a dengue outbreak in Angola. Based on our experiences in Angola, this blog will dispel 5 myths about outbreak investigation that are often dramatized by Hollywood.
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