Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
Friday, November 8th, 2013
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
Friday, November 8th, 2013
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
Friday, October 25th, 2013
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
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
FindYouthInfo, a service of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, has a resource guide on youth disaster preparedness and recovery. The goals of the guide are to educate those who work with and care for young people about the special needs of youth in a disaster and to empower youth to get involved in the planning and response activities of their communities.
Access the guide: http://1.usa.gov/16t4Dm7
See other Youth Topics: http://1.usa.gov/1bBcc1I
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
The Centers for Disease Control has created a series of handouts to assist in preparing your home for disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and winter weather. Each infographic shows a typical house and ways to prepare every room, vehicle and person for a potential emergency. The infographics can be printed or shared via social media and are available in English and Spanish.
Be Ready! Infographics: http://1.usa.gov/1b6zGMZ
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Psychological First Aid Online
PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, NACCHO, and HHS Office of the Surgeon General, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.
Continuing Education Series
The NCTSN Learning Center provides free access to NCTSN experts and up-to-date, science-based information in the areas of assessment, treatment and services, training, research and evaluation, and organizational and systems change for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Continuing education credits are available for many courses in this expanding online catalog that has been developed for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents. (1.5 continuing education contact hours per 1.5 hour presentation.) Current courses include Crossover Youth and Trauma-Informed Practice, Culture and Trauma, Polyvictimization and Complex Trauma, and The Role of Trauma Among Families Struggling with Substance Abuse.
Psychological First Aid Online: http://bit.ly/1f1dcMD
Continuing Education Series: http://bit.ly/1gtPNkE
Friday, September 13th, 2013
Launched in 2006, APHA’s Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. The campaign includes free resources for the public and health workers, including fact sheets, a blog, a Twitter, podcasts, Q&As and a calendar of events. Use of Get Ready materials and information is encouraged. You may print and photocopy Get Ready fact sheets, game, toolkits, guides or other materials without permission and use them for educational activities at work, school, community fairs, health departments, town hall meetings, preparedness events, etc. APHA must be identified as the source of Get Ready materials.
To see additional APHA resources for your Get Ready Day event: http://bit.ly/16qdWau
To find more resources for disaster preparedness, visit the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) website: http://1.usa.gov/17V1U9p
Friday, June 28th, 2013
SAMSHA is hosting a webinar on July 23 on Building Community Resiliency and Healing: Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering From Community Trauma and Disasters. Participants will learn Emotional CPR (eCPR) and the Federal Management Agency’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, both results of lessons learned after Hurrican Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The webinar will highlight the important role of social support during disaster recovery. Presenters include: Dr. Dan Fisher (NEC), Marcie Roth (FEMA), Willie Barney (the Empowerment Network) and Margaret Upchurch (MHA of NJ). Register at: http://1.usa.gov/11SFGiV
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
NEW Mass Casualty: Support and Response <http://bit.ly/1aevZTR> The goal of this 45-minute webinar is to share information about emotional reactions to mass casualty events. It also addresses what Medical Reserve Corps team members, Commission Corps Officers, and other first responders may encounter in the field during a crisis event and familiarizes participants with related disaster behavioral health resources, available through SAMHSA.
This webinar supports response efforts and promote responders’ individual and peer group resilience by ensuring that viewers are able to:
Identify common behavioral health reactions to a mass casualty event.
Detect stress reactions of survivors and responders.
Assist responders with leadership strategies and team resilience.
Locate and use resources found on the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) website, including free downloadable guides, pamphlets, tip sheets, the Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series, The Dialogue, the SAMHSA DTAC Bulletin, pre-recorded webinars/podcasts, and other various disaster behavioral health–related items.
Featured speakers include Heather Oglesby, SAMHSA Project Officer, CDR Jeffrey Coady, Psy.D., SAMHSA Region V Administrator, and CDR Jamie Seligman, SAMHSA Project Officer.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Julie Liu at (240) 276–2424 or Julie.Liu@samhsa.hhs.gov. Feedback is welcome at DTAC@samhsa.hhs.gov.
Saturday, June 15th, 2013
MedlinePlus has created a new health topic page on Coronavirus Infections, including information on the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS). Access news and other resources here: http://1.usa.gov/11PEvUa