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
Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
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/
Representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will give a presentation, “Finding Disaster Health Information: Where Do I Start?” on using NLM resources to find the best and most authoritative disaster health information, with a focus on finding non-commercially published information.
The Disaster Info Specialist Program Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 ET. The meetings are open to all and can be attended online through Adobe Connect or by telephone. Registration and participation provides one hour of MLA CE credit.
Title: Finding Disaster Health Information: Where Do I Start?
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm ET (10:30-11:30 am PT)
Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1aG21Di (only required for those interested in MLA CE credit)
Telephone: 1-888-757-2790, Pass-Code: 745907 (for those who cannot use the call-back feature or can only attend by telephone)
The American Public Health Association’s Get Ready program has created a 2014 calendar featuring the winners of their Pup-Preparedness photo contest. Download the calendar, which features cute dogs and helpful tips, and check out contest submissions here: http://bit.ly/1k1pFQ3
The Disaster Information Management Research Center has developed a list of health-information resources related to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda recovery efforts: http://1.usa.gov/1ee8Dxj
The Emergency Access Initiative, which “provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters,” has been activated until December 9, 2013: http://1.usa.gov/1dbeypR
The American Public Health Association has published a blog posting on “What to do when disaster strikes somewhere else”: http://bit.ly/1hSxATT
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.
- Winterize your home.
- Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
- Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
- Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
- Check your heating systems.
- Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.
- Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
- Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly.
- Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.
- Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check batteries regularly.
- Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, and disorientation.
For more ways to stay safe, visit the CDC’s page on winter safety and preparedness: http://1.usa.gov/1eth3DK
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program is designed to enhance the health and safety of public and firefighting personnel and to provide support for emergency responders regarding fire, medical, and all hazard events.
Funds may be used for:
- Maintenance and sustainment for contracts, warranties, repair or replacement costs, upgrades, and user fees may be allowable.
- Operations and safety activities such as:
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Wellness and fitness programs
- Modifications to facilities
- Vehicle acquisition
- Joint/regional interoperability projects
For additional grant information and eligibility requirements, visit http://bit.ly/HN6qgA
This CDC Factsheet, Understanding Schoool Violence, provides tips to prevent school violence, and learn about CDC programs to prevent school violence. http://1.usa.gov/1ajjBPj
The Nemours Foundation’s KidsHealth site includes information to help parents talk with children about school violence. http://bit.ly/1hg7UxY