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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Protecting kids from Zika

Monday, July 18th, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control has information for parents about Zika, including printable fact sheets and kid-friendly activity books.

Zika – Parents: http://bit.ly/2a6stji

 

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Monday, July 18th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 50,000 people a year visit the emergency department because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, but poisoning can be prevented.

Resources to learn more include:

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention (CDC): http://bit.ly/2ab3kql

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (MedlinePlus): http://bit.ly/29QhRWa

Build Your Own Zika Prevention Kit

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Do you live in or are traveling to an area that has the mosquito that spreads Zika? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has downloadable posters and handouts in multiple languages. The materials provide guidance for pregnant women and for people who want to build a home Zika prevention kit.

Download materials: http://bit.ly/29HfJAZ

Updates to FoodKeeper app

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture has updated its food safety app, FoodKeeper, to include Spanish and Portuguese. In September, the app, which includes storage advice for 400+ foods, will be updated to include food recall alerts and training videos. The app is available via the web, Google Play and iTunes.

More information and download instructions: http://bit.ly/29HeVMh

Traumatic events – Preparing, Responding, and Coping

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has a number of resources regarding preparing for, responding to, and coping with traumatic events.

DIMRC Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events, http://1.usa.gov/1Nwmm1n

Disaster Lit®  searches

Disaster Lit®  recently added resources

  • TRACIE Topic Collection: Mass Gatherings/Special Events, http://1.usa.gov/1U8wNMX
    • Provides resources designed to help emergency medical staff create robust plans for mass critical care before an incident strikes their jurisdiction.
  • TRACIE Topic Collection: Emergency Operations Plans/Emergency Management Program, http://1.usa.gov/1ZR6eQ1
    • Provides resources that highlight select standards, guidance, regulation, accreditation programs, and tools that can help healthcare emergency preparedness professionals create new, or bolster the foundation of, existing programs and plans. 

Help for Emotional Distress following Mass Violence

Monday, June 13th, 2016

People dealing with emotional distress from the Orlando shooting or any other disaster are encouraged to use the Disaster Distress Helpline.

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

“Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for support and counseling. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Spanish-speakers should text Hablanos to 66746. English speakers in U.S. territories text TalkWithUs to 1-212-461-4635. Calls and texts are answered by trained, caring counselors from crisis call centers located throughout the United States.”

Incidents of Mass Violence (SAMHSA): http://1.usa.gov/1U3QJ3n

Skin Cancer Prevention Resources from CDC

Monday, June 13th, 2016

The Center for Disease Control has numerous shareable skin cancer prevention tools. The Sun Safety Tips for Men page has informational buttons to add to your website. The Skin Cancer Awareness page has infographics, fact sheets, a quiz and posters.

Sun Safety Tips for Men: http://1.usa.gov/1tlP1DV

Skin Cancer Awareness: http://1.usa.gov/1UpWcoO

 

Preparing for heat and extreme heat

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

As the temperatures rise, many health organizations are reminding people to take precautions from the heat and sun.

In “Using Data to Prepare for the Next Heat Wave,” the CDC shares how public health officials in Minnesota are using data on heat-related illnesses to identify areas that need increased attention. http://1.usa.gov/1YgxDMQ

The AgriSafe Network reminds readers of the warning signs of heat-related illnesses as well as ways to prevent them. http://bit.ly/1WGR7KQ

In a Successful Farming article, AgriSafe’s clinical director, Carolyn Sheridan, also provides tips for farmers (and other outdoor workers) on protecting oneself from the sun. http://bit.ly/1XcAuqr

EPA Community-Based Water Resiliency Tool

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) Tool (version 2.0) is an easy way to find out how prepared your community is to handle emergencies that impact your water systems and learn about tools and resources that can be used to build resilience.

The self-assessment in the tool is for:

  • drinking water and wastewater utilities
  • state primacy agencies, hospitals
  • public health agencies
  • fire
  • police
  • emergency managers
  • elected officials
  • concerned citizens

For more information and to download the tool, visit http://1.usa.gov/1TIeTAu

CDC Launches Improved Online Foodborne Outbreak Search Tool

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a redesigned online tool making it easier to search data on foodborne disease outbreaks. The updated Foodborne Outbreak Online Database Tool (FOOD Tool) lets users search nearly 20 years of outbreak data by state, food, or germ. An estimated 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illness every year. Tracking and reporting outbreak information is critical to understanding how foodborne illness affects America’s health.

Originally developed in 2009, the FOOD Tool includes national foodborne outbreak data reported to CDC from 1998 to 2014. New interactive features such as maps, graphs, and tables now allow users to search by specific foods and ingredients, view a “quick stats” display, and get case counts for multistate outbreaks. To learn more and access the tool, please see: 1.usa.gov/1T3lCDX