Category: emergency

Water Safety & Emergency Preparedness

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August is National Water Quality Month The United States has one of the safest and most reliable drinking water systems in the world. However, emergencies, such as natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, and droughts) and man-made disasters (e.g., chemical spills), can damage water infrastructure and/or contaminate water supplies. Safe drinking water is essential to the health Read More >

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#PrepYourHealth with Vaccines

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August is National Immunization Month. Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Vaccines are important to helping people stay healthy and protected from serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Staying up to date on recommended immunizations can help keep you healthy in response to emergencies, including disease outbreaks Read More >

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Be Prepared to be Away During an Emergency

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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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Prep Your Health to Evacuate

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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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