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America’s PrepareAthon National Day of Action is April 30th!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

From America’s PrepareAthon:

America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring.

The first National Day of Action is scheduled for April 30, 2014 and will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for these four specific hazards:

  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes

For more information about how to participate, visit America’s PrepareAthon website: http://1.usa.gov/1qVd9H8

It’s Public Health Week

Monday, April 7th, 2014

April 7-13, 2014 is National Public Health Week.  Each day this week has a theme with information and tips for improving the health of your community.

Monday, April 7: Be Healthy From the Start (maternal and child health) http://bit.ly/1hd49v7

Tuesday, April 8: Don’t Panic (disaster preparedness) http://bit.ly/1i89XS2

Wednesday, April 9: Get Out Ahead (prevention) http://bit.ly/1gumQok

Thursday, April 10: Eat Well (food safety and nutrition) http://bit.ly/1lG5c8P

Friday, April 11: Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation (public health policy) http://bit.ly/1efH1Gv

 

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Every year, over 400 Americans die of carbon monoxide poisoning. For Carbon Monoxide poisoning prevention tips in English and 16 other languages, go to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1ekr81r.

APHA’s Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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

Radio Hour Brings Weather Readiness Across Borders

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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

Valentine’s Day Preparedness e-Cards

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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 

Older Americans at greater risk in natural disasters

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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

Fact sheets for communication with vulnerable populations during emergencies

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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

 

Winter weather emergencies: resources

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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

Public health partnerships with K-12 schools

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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