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Think it’s a stroke? 4 reasons it’s better to call 9-1-1 than drive yourself to the hospital

Paramedics

Posted May 22, 2017 by Lieutenant Commander Erika Odom, Ph.D., M.S., United States Public Health Service Stroke—also called a “brain attack”—can happen to anyone at any time. On average one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes. Most strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is blocked, causing brain cells to die. Stroke is Read More >

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Autism and Preparedness

Father and Son

There is a new neighbor on Sesame Street. Her name is Julia and she’s helping dispel decades-old stereotypes about autism. Julia is a little girl with autism and her move to “where the air is sweet” coincided with April being Autism Awareness Month. Our new neighbor is helping us think about the challenges of parenting Read More >

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10 Ways CDC Gets Ready For Emergencies

One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to learn from a wide range of experiences. We have an obligation to not only respond to emergencies today, but to prepare for tomorrow by learning from the past. Our work extends to households affected by disease, communities ravaged by disasters, and U.S. territories Read More >

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How to Be Smart (About Preparedness)

Dramatic sky in contrast with the afternoon sun on a November afternoon in Limburg, the Netherlands

Emergencies are everywhere: from floods to flu, tornadoes to terrorists… How do you prepare for all of it? Trying to prepare for every possibility can seem impossible. But you can be smart about preparing for the emergencies and situations you are most likely to experience. Start by looking around at where you live, the people Read More >

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Reuniting With Your Child

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Hurricane Katrina hit the southeastern United States on August 29, 2005. This natural disaster led to the largest incident of missing children in US history. Many of these missing children were too young to accurately identify themselves.  Parents of missing children were among thousands of people displaced in emergency shelters, some in different states, with Read More >

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CDC Crisis Communicators: Making Every Message Count

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An unexpected public health emergency can happen anywhere and to anyone. The right health or safety message at the right time from the right person can save lives. Read More >

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