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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.”

Do 1 Thing: Unique Family Needs

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

Kara's kids learn about preparedness from Ready Wrigley

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 preparedness at work, school, and in your community.

This month the Do 1 Thing topic addresses unique family needs.  Because every household is different, it is important to make sure your plan encompasses everyone.  You may need additional supplies to meet the needs of your pets, children, elderly family members, and those with special medical requirements.  Think about who relies on you in an emergency and incorporate them into your planning.

Coping with Disasters

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

Storm Damage - tree down in the road

Whether you live in tornado alley or in a hurricane-prone coastal region, it’s important to include emotional wellness activities in your diaster plan. Severe weather and evacuations can cause emotional distress such as anxiety, worry, and fear in both adults and children. Although no one can plan for a disaster, you can practice healthy coping skills by following these tips.

Hurricane Sandy: What Have We Learned?

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

Image of structures destroyed following Hurricane SandyBy Maggie Silver

Superstorm Sandy

Long Beach is your typical northeastern city nestled on Long Island. A mix of apartments, homes and buildings set on the water with an idyllic boardwalk that draws in plenty of tourists during the summer months. And like many other cities in the tri-state area, it was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

The Next Monopoly? What “Pandemic” teaches us about public health

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Preparedness, Response

close up of the Pandemic board game

By Sherline Lee

Even for an epidemiologist who works in public health preparedness and response, being asked to explain to the public what we do at CDC can be difficult.  

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