When the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) in Virginia put out a call for volunteers to help conduct a tuberculosis (TB) contact investigation, Rosalia Parada, a long time Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer, jumped at the chance to serve her community. The investigation was sparked when news of three students from Robert E. Lee High School acquired TB around the same time.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
May 21st, 2014 12:11 pm ET - Blog Administrator
May 16th, 2014 10:04 pm ET - Blog Administrator
You’re flipping through the channels on your car radio and you hear the tail end of story about something called MERS. You think you’ve heard the phrase before – it’s got something to do with the Middle East, right? You’re correct – but there is more you need to know.
May 14th, 2014 10:02 am ET - Blog Administrator
“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” – Mark Twain
While spring officially sprung in late March, it’s only been in the last few weeks that we’ve seen the characteristically unpredictable weather that ushers in the fun-in-the-sun summer.
April 24th, 2014 2:33 pm ET - Blog Administrator
According to a poll done by Kelton Research in 2012, 9 out of 10 Americans expect a world disaster to occur in the next quarter century and 56% said they aren’t prepared for it. Getting prepared can be as easy as putting a kit together, making a plan, and being informed. But it’s also essential to know what type of emergencies are likely to occur in your area and during what time of the year. On Wednesday, participate in America’s PrepareAthon, which highlights simple, specific steps individuals and organizations should take to increase their preparedness for a potential disaster.
April 10th, 2014 12:02 pm ET - Blog Administrator
You could say that those of us who work in preparedness are a little obsessed with making sure we’ve got our emergency kits stocked and ready, our emergency plans up to date, and our neighbors are ready too. So we’ve got a few households in Georgia ready for a public health emergency (and a few others around the country – don’t forget about friends and family!), but how do we get the country ready? How do we get the government and other response organizations prepared?
March 18th, 2014 10:15 am ET - Blog Administrator
Turn Around Don’t Drown
Turn Around Don’t Drown, or TADD for short, is a NOAA National Weather Service campaign used to educate people about the hazards of driving a vehicle or walking through flood waters.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the TADD program. Hundreds of signs depicting the message have been erected at low water crossings during the past decade. The phrase “Turn Around Don’t Drown” has become a catchphrase in the media, classroom, and even at home. It’s one thing to see or hear the phrase, and another to put it into practice.
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