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Emergency Preparedness Tips for Parents of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

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April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is also a time of year when people must prepare for severe weather. April, May, and June are peak months for tornadoes in many states. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1. Emergencies come in all sizes and affect people in different ways. All emergencies require Read More >

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Treating TB During an Emergency

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March 24 is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. World TB Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB in the United States and around the world. Tuberculous (TB) has had several names over many millennia. Ancient Greeks called it “phthisis.” Ancient Romans named it “tabes.” TB was commonly called “consumption” in Read More >

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Other Diseases Did Not Rest During COVID-19

Protecting Health in 2020. NCEZID Progress Report.

The COVID-19 response is the largest in CDC history. But the virus that causes COVID-19 wasn’t the only infectious disease that CDC responded to last year. Diseases like those caused by the Marburg virus and antibiotic-resistant bacteria didn’t go away because of the pandemic. The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) deployed Read More >

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Stay Informed: How Scales Help Us Describe Disasters

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Last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was record-breaking. There were 30 named storms during the 2020 season. Thirteen of those became hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or greater). Six of those reached Category 3 or higher.(1) Hurricanes are categorized using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Other scales are used by experts to explain and describe Read More >

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When Evacuation is a Must – Protect Yourself from Norovirus

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Natural disasters are unpredictable. Often, we don’t know when or where they will happen or if we will have to leave our homes because of them. Evacuations for hurricanes and wildfires can force people into emergency shelters, where close quarters, shared spaces, and high-touch surfaces can make it easy for norovirus to spread. Norovirus outbreaks Read More >

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Places Please: Get Better Prepared by Getting Organized

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January is Get Organized Month. A new year is a popular time to make resolutions, like to get more exercise or quit tobacco. Another common one is to get organized. Getting organized can help you prepare for emergencies and stay calm in stressful and time-sensitive situations, like an evacuation. Here are a few ways to Read More >

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