Public Health Matters Blog Posts

Be Prepared to be Away During an Emergency

Kids hugging their mom before heading off to their first day of school.

July 24 is National Parents Day Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, including when you’re not with your children and pets. It’s a scary thought. But you can take steps to protect them when you’re not around to do it yourself. Camp & Childcare Parents On any given weekday during the school year, an Read More >

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3 Uses for ZIP Codes to Stay Informed

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July 1 is U.S. ZIP Code Day. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS)—then called the U.S. Post Office Department—introduced the Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP) code in 1963. USPS’ purpose was to facilitate the automatic sorting of mail and reduce the number of steps a piece of mail would go through to reach a recipient.(1) Since then, Read More >

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Making Emergency Plans Inclusive

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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month. This post was written in collaboration with the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center. LGBTQIA+ communities must prepare for—and are affected by—emergencies, including natural disasters and disease outbreaks. Unlike some, LGBTQIA+ communities often face barriers, such as discrimination and harassment, that can make it difficult Read More >

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Prep Your Health to Evacuate

A line of vehicles parked along the side of the road. A wildfire burns in the distance.

June is a busy time of year for emergency preparedness and response. June marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. It’s also wildfire season. Hurricanes and wildfires are common causes of evacuations. Both are happening more often and with greater intensity.(1) Annual increases in the number of strong hurricanes and large wildfires likely mean Read More >

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Building Trauma-Informed Communities

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Many people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Often unexpected and shocking, it may overwhelm their ability to cope and create a lasting sense of fear, vulnerability, and helplessness. Traumatic events are scary or dangerous experiences that can affect people emotionally and physically. They include acts of violence (e.g., assault, Read More >

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Emergency Medical Services: More Than a Ride to the Hospital

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This post was written in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS in observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 15-22. For many of us, the image we have of first responders comes mostly from television and movies. We picture ambulances with sirens wailing and lights flashing en route to Read More >

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