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Do 1 Thing: Emergency Supplies

Categories: Do 1 Thing, Preparedness

emergency kitBy 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 to discuss emergency kits.

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.

Flu Fighting Facts: How to stay healthy this flu season

Categories: Flu, General, Prevention/Vaccination

Girl receiving flu vaccine from female doctor

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. 

Typhoon Haiyan: A look at public health’s role in disaster recovery

Categories: Natural Disasters, Response

Waives battering wooden pier and houses

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.

Do 1 Thing: Power

Categories: Do 1 Thing, General, Preparedness

power lines downBy 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 to discuss power.

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.

American Blackout

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

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.

Just One Breath: How Voices of Valley Fever Were Heard Coast to Coast

Categories: Disease Investigation, General, Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination

By William Heisel

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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