A recent national poll by Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation surveyed 1,000 Americans about their personal preparedness behaviors and the results show that we’re not ready:
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
July 25th, 2012 4:37 pm ET - Blog Administrator
July 13th, 2012 12:36 pm ET - Blog Administrator
The effects of a disaster are not always physical. Houses and roads can be rebuilt and physical wounds will heal, but the emotional scars from a disaster can often be harder to fix.
In 2008 Cedar Rapids, Iowa experienced extreme flooding that wiped out businesses and homes, disrupting daily life and displacing residents. While other groups work on rebuilding the physical structures damages during the floods, the Upper Midwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UMPERLC) has been developing resources to prepare communities for the emotional and psychological needs following a disaster.
June 19th, 2012 1:13 pm ET - Blog Administrator
What happens when you combine delectable delights with mother nature? You get foods named after disasters. While we’re not sure if the actual disasters inspired the creative chefs to name these delights, we’re sure that they are delicious.
June 15th, 2012 1:31 pm ET - Blog Administrator
Father’s day is this weekend so we thought it was the perfect time to review some of the great preparedness gear out there, because let’s face it, dads love gadgets! From solar powered chargers to MacGyver utility knives it’s likely that survival gear has come a long way since your dad’s days as a cub scout. Check out some of the high tech gear we found and don’t forget to review our emergency kit checklist.
June 11th, 2012 2:11 pm ET - Blog Administrator
By Kara Stephens
Current Status: Public Health Nemesis
If you’ve been reading the news the past few weeks, you may have heard about the recent outbreak of pertussis that has reached epidemic levels in Washington. There have been 2,092 cases reported statewide through June 5, 2012, compared to 164 reported cases in 2011 during the same time period. Other states are also reporting increased levels or outbreaks of pertussis. Outbreaks reported in schools and communities as well as the beginning of summer camp season highlight the importance of public awareness. View the Pertussis Disease Villain’s rap sheet below to find out more about this public health nemesis.
June 1st, 2012 10:01 am ET - Blog Administrator
The 2012 Hurricane Season starts Friday, June 1st, but we’ve already seen some action with two storms, Alberto and Beryl, that battered Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina with heavy rains and strong winds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) unveiled its 2012 predictions last week, estimating between 9-15 tropical storms this year, with up to 8 storms reaching hurricane strength and up to 3 major hurricanes.
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