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Prep Rally Brings Preparedness Spirit to Moore, Oklahoma

In May 2013, deadly tornadoes swept Moore, Oklahoma, destroying homes and the very foundation of community that families had come to know.  At the heart of the destruction were children, whose schools, parks, and child care facilities were damaged beyond recognition, and in some cases, blown away along with children’s sense of routine and normalcy. Read More >

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Goooal! How to Stay Safe When Traveling to the World Cup

Gol! That’s Portuguese for goal, and it’s a word you’ll be hearing more often starting Thursday, June 12th, when the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil.  The competition, which will take place in 12 cities across Brazil, will last for a month and bring together 32 teams from around the world to compete for the Read More >

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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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 Read More >

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MERS 101: What You Need to Know About this Novel Disease

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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.

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An Unpredictable Spring

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“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. 

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America’s PrepareAthon: Preparing for Disasters One at a Time

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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 Read More >

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