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Natural Disaster PSAs, Podcasts and Text Messages

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The CDC has created a page of resources for use in providing messages about what people can do to protect themselves and their family during a natural disaster: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/.

Included on the page is a new toolkit of prepared cell phone text messages that support state and local emergency managers in disaster response.

Local and state agencies register their interest in using the toolkit by providing contact information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); they will then receive alerts and updates as the content expands to include health tips for additional types of disasters. Agencies can register by email: publichealthemergency@hhs.gov.

Content for the text messages, developed by HHS experts working with state and local agencies and approved by subject matter experts, complements the 30-second public service announcements for radio and television. The text messages cover a wide range of actions people can take to protect their health relevant to hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.

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