Category: public health

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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Self-Serve Food Pantries Help Feed Local Communities

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This student-authored post is published by CPR in partnership with Medill News Service and the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of CPR or CDC. Summer Faerman was on Read More >

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Prep Your Health for Floods

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March 14–20 is Flood Safety Awareness Week. Floods are the most widespread of all weather-related natural disasters. They happen in every U.S. state and territory.(1) Here are some ways you can prepare for and respond to flooding. Know Your Risk Flooding can happen year-round anywhere it rains.(1) If you live in a flood-prone area, you Read More >

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Resolve to Get Ready

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The New Year is the time many of us make resolutions for the coming year. Sometimes resolutions feel too big and long-drawn-out to accomplish. As a result, our motivation to see them through can peter out before the end of the year. This year, instead of making one resolution for the year, make 12 micro-resolutions. Read More >

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In Case You Missed It: Favorite Posts of 2021

Best of 2021

Year’s end is a good time to reflect on the events of the past 12 months. The Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) published about 30 posts to its Public Health Matters blog in 2021. Most of them include suggestions for how you can prepare for emergencies of all shapes and sizes. In case you Read More >

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Epilepsy and Emergency Preparedness

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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month Epilepsy is common. In 2015, about 3.4 million people reported having active epilepsy in the United States. Epilepsy is a broad term used for a brain disorder that causes repeated seizures. There are many different types of epilepsy. A seizure is a short change in normal brain activity.(1) There Read More >

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