Category: emergency response

Local CERTs Offer a Way to Get Involved in Your Community

A man in a green vest and hat directs traffic in parking lot.

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. When a 10-year-old girl Read More >

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Get Involved with Your Neighbors During Hi Neighbor Month

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December is Hi Neighbor Month. Social connections are important to your personal health preparedness. The relationships we build with others are ties that bind during an emergency. One of the more important social connections you can make is with your neighbors. The Importance of Neighbors Neighbors can be an important source of assistance in the Read More >

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Risk Communication: Plan with the Whole Community

During a disaster, communication becomes especially critical. Language, accessibility, or other barriers can affect many individuals’ ability to receive, understand, and act on emergency information. The ability of a community to communicate accurate emergency information, alerts, warnings, and notifications saves lives. Timely and effective messages can inform people on actions to stay safe, take shelter, Read More >

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Seeing is Believing: The Art of Moulage in Emergency Preparedness

A first responder tends to a person with a simulated (or mock) injury during an emergency response exercise.

Moulage is the art of applying realistic, mock injuries for the purpose of training emergency response teams, medical, and military personnel. Good special effects in movies are effective because they make illusions seem real. Making simulated injuries seem real helps first responders better prepare for the real thing. Moulage is the French word for molding. Read More >

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Protecting Our Future: Emergency Preparedness and Children’s Mental Health

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Among the many lessons learned during the 2017 Hurricane season, we recognized that addressing children’s mental and behavioral health needs is a major concern in hurricane-affected areas. CDC’s At Risk Task Force (ARTF) was established in 2017 to ensure identification and prioritization of the mental and physical health needs of at-risk populations, including children. ARTF’s Read More >

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Connecting Neighbors through Social Media

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Online communication and social networks are changing the way that people communicate. Today people are able to relay messages to those around them and those across the world neatly instantly. This instant communication is playing a critical role in emergency communication. Read More >

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