Category: natural disasters

Parents & Teachers: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

Kids stand in line waiting to board a school bus.

Public health emergencies affect millions of children worldwide each year. These emergencies include natural and man-made disasters. It is difficult to predict how some children will respond to emergencies or the trauma of losing their homes or being separated from school, family, and friends. These events can cause stress and anxiety in children. Because parents, Read More >

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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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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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Protecting Children Where They Learn, Play During Disaster Recovery

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Emergencies, including natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes, can happen at any time. They can have lasting impacts on communities. Places that were once safe might become unsafe. Homes, businesses, childcare facilities, schools, and other buildings can be damaged or destroyed. After the initial response, communities begin a long recovery process. Buildings are rebuilt, infrastructure Read More >

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