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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
How often should you refresh your emergency supplies? At least every six months, experts say. But with everything else that’s going on in life, remembering to do so can be hard. That’s why American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign uses the twice-a-year clock change as a reminder. The campaign advises people to refresh their stockpile, such as their emergency food, water and batteries, when they adjust their clocks for daylight saving time. Every American should have at least a three-day supply of food and water in case of an emergency, including one gallon of water per person per day, according to preparedness experts. Other supplies that should be on hand include a first-aid kit, a can opener, flashlight, battery-operated radio and batteries.
Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks (English and Spanish): http://bit.ly/1f776LR
Expanding its reach to the local Spanish-speaking community, the National Weather Service Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley, Texas, forecast office has begun a collaboration with Radio Esperanza KOIR 88.5- FM and KRIO 97.7-FM/910-AM, a radio network with coverage that includes Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, and much of northeastern Mexico.
Once each month, National Weather forecaster, Maria Torres participates in “La Hora Comunitaria” (Community Hour), a Spanish–language interview and call-in program. Torres provides information to help prepare the local Hispanic community for hazardous weather. The broadcasts are scheduled to continue through the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season and beyond. http://1.usa.gov/1bYpBNw
The American Public Health Association has developed a series of e-Cards as part of its “Get Ready” campaign to help people prepare for disasters and hazards. This month, they have added an e-card for Valentine’s Day. Send someone you love a message of preparedness!
To see the complete list of APHA e-Cards, visit the APHA GetReady page: http://bit.ly/1iP7Wgo
A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health found that seniors are among the most vulnerable populations during natural disasters, including severe winter weather.
Read a Q&A with the study’s author: http://bit.ly/1eaq7Mv
Download a disaster preparedness guide for seniors. The guide was written by seniors who lived through a two-week winter power outage: http://rdcrss.org/1n6YkjL
The Florida Department of Health has facts sheets for communicating with vulnerable populations during disasters.
Available fact sheets include information about:
- Children’s Medical Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Economically Disadvantaged Persons
- Elders 60 and Older
- Engaging Volunteer Groups Serving Vulnerable Populations
- Children in Foster Care/Child Welfare System
- Homeless Persons
- Individuals with Behavioral Health Concerns
- Individuals with Extreme Obesity
- Non-English Speaking Individuals
- People with Hearing Loss
- People with Visual Impairment
- Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Form of Dementia
- Persons with Developmental Disabilities
- Persons with Disabilities and/or Functional Impairments
- Victims of Domestic Violence
Access fact sheets: http://bit.ly/1jB6AZg
Additional information: http://bit.ly/1eskIMX
In much of the Northern Hemisphere, deep freeze, snow storms, and icy conditions are facts of life this time of year. For tips on keeping safe this winter, check out the Winter Weather Emergencies health topic page on MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1lVPQeE
The latest newsletter from Public Health Practices, a resource for finding and sharing emergency preparedness plans and documents, highlights public health partnerships with K-12 schools. Programs described include curriculum development, vaccination clinics, and the monitoring of illness and absenteeism.
Read the issue: http://bit.ly/1aXecgj
Public Health Practices home: http://bit.ly/Kfo9hW
If you lose power due to winter weather the Foodsafety.gov website http://1.usa.gov/1c1D7CY offers food safety information for emergencies. Find out how to keep food safe during and after an emergency, such as a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power. Here is a link to the Refrigerated Food Chart http://1.usa.gov/18Xfx95
“The Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 development partners, today announced the release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™ (NHSPI™), a new way to measure and advance the nation’s readiness to protect people during a disaster. The Index results will be updated annually.
The NHSPI™ measures the health security preparedness of the nation by looking collectively at existing state-level data from a wide variety of sources. Uses of the Index include guiding quality improvement, informing policy and resource decisions, and encouraging shared responsibility for preparedness across a community.” [press release, 4 December 2013]
Access the site: http://www.nhspi.org/