Category: response

Emergency Medical Services: More Than a Ride to the Hospital

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This post was written in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS in observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 15-22. For many of us, the image we have of first responders comes mostly from television and movies. We picture ambulances with sirens wailing and lights flashing en route to 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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Prep Your Health with Advance Care Planning

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April is National Donate Life Month. April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Emergencies, including personal injury and illness, are often unpredictable. That unpredictability is both a reason to prepare and something to prepare for. Plan Ahead for Personal Health Emergencies Many people face decisions about treatments that a medical emergency might leave them incapable Read More >

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Good Cents: Prep Your Finances for Emergencies

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This post was written in collaboration with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in observance of National Financial Capability Month. Emergencies—especially when multiple occur at the same time—can test your ability to financially respond and recover. For example, getting back to “normal” after a flood during a pandemic takes financial resources that many people may not Read More >

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Creating a Nutritious Emergency Food Supply

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March is National Nutrition Month. There are several things to think about when picking food to include in your emergency food supplies. They include: Shelf life. Shop for nonperishable items Foods that don’t require cooking, water, or special preparation are best. Does your family have food allergies or other special dietary needs? How much do 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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