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Do 1 Thing March: Sheltering

Categories: Do 1 Thing, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

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 tackle “sheltering.”series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program.  Join us this month as we tackle “sheltering.”

When I was a kid, sheltering immediately conjured terrifying images of Dorothy Gale missing her chance to take shelter in the cellar and being swept away by a tornado and serenaded by munchkins.  In reality, growing up in the Midwest included frequent basement sheltering for tornado warnings and cowering in the hallways at school with a hardback textbook over my head.

Memories of Superstorm Sandy

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

Flooded Street

By Gaetina Hodnett

It was a cloudy Monday in late October 2012 when Superstorm Sandy approached Long Island.  The weather reports were frequent and very informative; however, I didn’t think the storm would have any impact on my family because of our experience with Hurricane Irene the previous year.  We live less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean and sustained minimal damage after Hurricane Irene. 

Do 1 Thing February: Water

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

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 “water.”

Whether you live in the country or the city, your water supply relies on electricity.  If the water purification system in your area is compromised, whether due to severe flooding, power outages, or other problems, the water supply becomes unsafe to drink.  As a result, you need to know how to find a source of safe drinking water or how to treat water for use.  It’s recommended to have enough water on-hand for your family to last three days. You will need one gallon of water per person per day.

From the Field: The New England Blizzard of 2013

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

By John Peterson

Many of you followed the historic blizzard that hit the Northeast last weekend.  Sure, it was fun to watch the weather reporters with yardsticks ready to measure the torrents of accumulating snow.  For me, what quickly became apparent in the February nor’easter is how many ways public health touches lives in a disaster and how the public health response is affected by factors beyond our control. 

Public Art with Preparedness at Heart: The Evacuspot

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Response

It is Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I would like to take this time to introduce myself. I’m an EvacuSpot. I am a piece of public art with a purpose and a message. You will soon notice me on the city of New Orleans’ landscape. My journey has not been quick or easy, and I would not be ready to hit the streets of New Orleans without the support of those who care so much about our great city.  Oh wait, that’s jumping ahead.  Let me start from the beginning and tell you what I represent.

Over 2.7 Million to Participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness

This Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 10:15 AM (CST), over 2.7 million people in the Central U.S. will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, the region’s largest earthquake drill. Join communities throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee who will participate in this event. People and organizations in other states are also encouraged to participate, especially if you are in an earthquake prone area.

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