Category: natural disasters

The hero within us: the importance of knowing how to do CPR and use an AED

Performing CPR

The first week of June was National CPR/AED Awareness Week. In belated observance, Public Health Matters looks at how people can confidently help someone in cardiac arrest. The numbers are staggering. About 350,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital each year, and about 9 in 10 of them die. (1) Bystanders and Read More >

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Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Scams & Misinformation during COVID-19

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When a disaster or emergency affects a community, it’s normal for the community to come together. Many people go out of their way to care for each other and find ways to get involved. But others may try to profit off or take advantage of people’s fear and anxiety. Scams & price gouging during the Read More >

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Kitchen Conversations: How to Talk with Young Children About COVID-19

Teenager conversation with parents

This pandemic has been a challenge for everyone. The COVID-19 outbreak has changed our daily lives in ways we never could have imagined. As a result, many of us are wearing multiple hats, including that of a homeschool teacher. Children learn from adults outside of scheduled school time, too. Kids are observant. They soak in Read More >

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Effective Handwashing: Learn. Teach. Repeat.

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May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day. Of all the practical skills and lessons, learning to protect your health in a public health emergency or a natural disaster by teaching and practicing effective handwashing is the most important. Clean hands are essential to health, whether in an emergency or day-to-day life. Start making handwashing a Read More >

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Prepare Your Health for the 2020 Hurricane Season

Hurricane Evacuation Sign

May 3 to 9, 2020, is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricane season may not be top of mind in this stressful time, but it is something to think about. The 2020 hurricane season waits for no one and no virus. The Eastern Pacific season begins on May 15, and the Atlantic and Central Pacific seasons begin Read More >

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Prep Your Health: Chronic Kidney Disease Care in an Emergency

Artistic illustration of kidneys inside the human body

There are different forms of chronic kidney disease and many receive different types of treatment for it. In observance of March being National Kidney Month, Public Health Matters looks at how people who need dialysis can prepare for disasters and emergencies. For being so small (each is about the size of a computer mouse), the Read More >

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