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?
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
April 10th, 2014 12:02 pm ET - Blog Administrator
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.
March 13th, 2014 1:13 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Jacquelyn Lickness
When a hospital in South Carolina spotted bats flying through its facility, officials sprang into action launching an investigation to prevent a possible rabies outbreak. Because bats are commonly infected with the virus, any contact with the flying mammals is taken very seriously. The hospital quickly involved state public health officials, who then reached out to CDC to help investigate any possible exposure to the rabies virus.
March 6th, 2014 11:20 am ET - Blog Administrator
The glow of the dell projector was the only source of light for miles except the blanket of stars in the African sky. In a life without lights, the chance to watch a movie can be a really big deal. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when an entire village shows up to an educational film screening. What was amazing was the audience frozen in rapt attention, the simultaneous gasps and laughter from the audience as if on cue, and the hour-long discussion that occurred afterwards. This was no ordinary PSA, but something meticulously developed by a group with vast working knowledge of conservation, health, and behavioral education.
February 28th, 2014 12:26 pm ET - Blog Administrator
The last time you were in a pharmacy did you notice advertisements for the flu vaccine? Signs like these will become more common as pharmacists take on an important role in administering vaccines to the general public. Have you also noticed how pharmacies seem to be everywhere? The ubiquity of pharmacies plus their extended hours of operation and streamlined access to preventative treatments makes them perfect for helping respond to emergencies, by distributing vaccines, medications, or protective masks. It’s encouraging to know that pharmacists in all 50 states can now administer vaccines and many are involved in emergency response training.
February 18th, 2014 1:26 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Annum Shaikh
We often hear about CDC professionals who are preparing the nation and responding to various public health emergencies. But what about the students who are contributing to these initiatives?
Close to the CDC campus in Atlanta resides a group that provides students with practical experience in public health emergency preparedness and the opportunity to serve the greater Atlanta community and beyond. The group is Emory University’s Student Outbreak and Response Team, also known as SORT.
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