Category: Emergency Action Plan

When Evacuation is a Must – Protect Yourself from Norovirus

A woman with her hand on her stomach.

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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3 Reasons to Phone a Friend Today

Young women video chat with each other.

December 28 is National Call a Friend Day Many people would rather send a text than make a call and it shows. Americans spend, on average, five more minutes per day texting (26 minutes) versus calling (21 minutes), by some estimates.(1) Among Americans younger than 50, sending and receiving text messages is the most used Read More >

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Prep Your Health by Reviewing Important Paperwork

Young woman helping an elderly woman complete a form

The importance of proofreading everything you write before you turn it in is a lesson many people learn in elementary school, and– throughout much of our early lives–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 adulthood when Read More >

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Lost and Found: Reuniting with Loved Ones in an Emergency

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More than a collection of names, phone numbers, and street addresses, an Emergency Action Plan is an instruction manual for how to stay healthy, stay informed, and stay connected in an emergency. It’s important that everyone in your household know how to inform family, friends, and caregivers of their well-being and whereabouts when a disaster Read More >

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After the Storm: 3 Types of Post-Disaster Poisonings to Know, Prepare For

A portable generator placed outside and in a dry area on the ground.

National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23) was started in 1962 to encourage Americans to “learn of the dangers of accidental poisoning and to take such preventive measures as are warranted by the seriousness of the danger.” Fifty-seven years later, those threats—and probably some new ones—to personal and public health persist. They can also be prepared Read More >

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