Category: emergency preparedness

Improve Health Literacy Before an Emergency

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October is Health Literacy Month Getting the right person to deliver the right message at the right time saves lives, but only if the audience can make sense of the message. People need information they can find, understand, and use to make the best decisions for their health every day. The same is true before Read More >

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10 Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist

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September 25 is World Pharmacists Day Pharmacists are a bridge between you and your doctor. Your pharmacist might also be the health professional you see and talk to most often about your health.(1) Pharmacists are trained to help you manage and improve your health every day. Your pharmacist—along with your doctor or nurse—can give you Read More >

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Parents & Teachers: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

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Public health emergencies affect millions of children worldwide each year. These emergencies include natural and man-made disasters. It is difficult to predict how some children will respond to emergencies or the trauma of losing their homes or being separated from school, family, and friends. These events can cause stress and anxiety in children. Because parents, Read More >

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Be Prepared to be Away During an Emergency

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July 24 is National Parents Day Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, including when you’re not with your children and pets. It’s a scary thought. But you can take steps to protect them when you’re not around to do it yourself. Camp & Childcare Parents On any given weekday during the school year, an Read More >

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3 Uses for ZIP Codes to Stay Informed

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July 1 is U.S. ZIP Code Day. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS)—then called the U.S. Post Office Department—introduced the Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP) code in 1963. USPS’ purpose was to facilitate the automatic sorting of mail and reduce the number of steps a piece of mail would go through to reach a recipient.(1) Since then, Read More >

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Making Emergency Plans Inclusive

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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month. This post was written in collaboration with the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center. LGBTQIA+ communities must prepare for—and are affected by—emergencies, including natural disasters and disease outbreaks. Unlike some, LGBTQIA+ communities often face barriers, such as discrimination and harassment, that can make it difficult Read More >

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