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Dobbins Air Reserve Base: Hurricane Katrina

Categories: General

Dobbins Air Reserve Base and Plane
 
The day after Hurricane Katrina hit, Sheri Russo got the call from the Cobb County Public Health Department that the National Medical Disaster System (NMDS) would be activated in Marietta, Georgia. As the field coordinator for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Sheri Russo covers seven counties in the Atlanta metro area.  She is the liaison between state and local government before, during, and after a disaster. When she got the call, she was told to be on alert and prepared to receive patients that would arrive from Louisiana to Atlanta via military transport.

Do 1 Thing: Get Involved

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

apartment complexBy 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 how you can get involved and build a more resilient community.

The common belief is that in an emergency, the first people to respond will be the police, fire, and EMS crews. However, in a widespread disaster, first responders may be overwhelmed. It will be up to you and your community to work together, endure the situation, and return to some sense of normalcy.

On the Scene: Wildfire Communication in Colorado

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Response

By Nicole Hawk

An estimated 75,000 wildfires occur in the United States each year, and each one has potential public health concerns including evacuating safely, dealing with smoke, or cleaning up spoiled food after a power outage.  In June 2013, Colorado faced multiple devastating wildfires, including the Royal Gorge Fire in Cañon City, which required the evacuation of a state prison, and the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, which became the most destructive in Colorado history. 

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

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