Category: natural disasters

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

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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

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Post updated: Aug. 10, 2020 Hurricane season may not be top of mind in this stressful time, but it is something to think about. Although it may feel like there is not much you can control these days, there are actions you can take while protecting yourself and others from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to Read More >

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Prep Your Health: Chronic Kidney Disease Care in an Emergency

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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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Prep Your Health by Reviewing Important Paperwork

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The importance of proofreading everything you write before you turn it in is a lesson many people learn in elementary school. For much of our early lives, the lesson applies almost exclusively to things like book reports and term papers. The need to check personal paperwork for errors and omissions becomes even more important in Read More >

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