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EvacuKids

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

EvacuKids

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.

Do 1 Thing: Family Communication Plan

Categories: Do 1 Thing, General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

By Cate Shockey

This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program . Join us this month as we discuss family communication plans.

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.

Beat the Heat: Infographic

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

 

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!

Infographic with facts on extreme heat safety

The Reality of Outbreak Investigations: Dengue in Angola

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, General, Vectorborne

Aerial view of AngolaBy 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.

Animal Rescue: Caring for Animals During Emergencies

Categories: Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

Working with TF 1 USAR dogs at Disaster City

In 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the upper Texas coast with many animals lost and many more suffering needlessly.  This storm triggered a request for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to form a deployable veterinary emergency team. 

Emergency Preparedness for Families with Special Needs

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

close up image of a school bus with handicap sign

By Georgina Peacock

When Hurricane Katrina hit, Julie thought she was ready.  She always had an emergency kit prepared because her son Zac needs medical supplies and equipment to keep him happy and healthy. Zac has spina bifida, a major birth defect of the spine; hydrocephalus, which means he has extra fluid in and around the brain; and, a number of food and drug allergies. He has sensitivities to changes in temperature and barometric pressure. Therefore, she always made sure they had a week’s worth of supplies and medicine ready when it was time to evacuate. “There is a very delicate medical balance,” she said.  “When he has an issue, the dominos tend to fall quickly.”

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