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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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Prep Your Health with Advance Care Planning

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April is National Donate Life Month. April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Emergencies, including personal injury and illness, are often unpredictable. That unpredictability is both a reason to prepare and something to prepare for. Plan Ahead for Personal Health Emergencies Many people face decisions about treatments that a medical emergency might leave them incapable Read More >

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Creating a Nutritious Emergency Food Supply

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March is National Nutrition Month. There are several things to think about when picking food to include in your emergency food supplies. They include: Shelf life. Shop for nonperishable items Foods that don’t require cooking, water, or special preparation are best. Does your family have food allergies or other special dietary needs? How much do Read More >

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Prep Your Health for Floods

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March 14–20 is Flood Safety Awareness Week. Floods are the most widespread of all weather-related natural disasters. They happen in every U.S. state and territory.(1) Here are some ways you can prepare for and respond to flooding. Know Your Risk Flooding can happen year-round anywhere it rains.(1) If you live in a flood-prone area, you Read More >

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3 Ways to Improve Your Food Label Literacy

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Canned goods are an emergency preparedness staple. And for good reason. They are reasonably affordable, require little to no preparation, and have a long shelf life. These characteristics make them a good choice for your emergency food supply. As often as people buy and cook with canned goods, they can find food labels confusing.(1, 2) Read More >

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Prep Your Health for Earthquakes

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February is Earthquake Awareness Month If people were asked where in the United States do most earthquakes happen, they are likely to answer California. They’d be correct.(1) But earthquakes are a hazard in other parts of the country, too. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that nearly half of all Americans live in areas with Read More >

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