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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

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: 

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:

Download a disaster preparedness guide for seniors. The guide was written by seniors who lived through a two-week winter power outage:

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:

Additional information:


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:

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:

Public Health Practices home:

Keeping Food Safe

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

If  you lose  power due to winter weather the website 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


National Health Security Preparedness Index

Monday, December 9th, 2013

“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:

Webinar: Finding Disaster Health Information: Where Do I Start?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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: (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)

Pup-Preparedness for 2014

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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:

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Resources

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The Disaster Information Management Research Center has developed a list of health-information resources related to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda recovery efforts:

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:

The American Public Health Association has published a blog posting on “What to do when disaster strikes somewhere else”: