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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:

Skin Cancer Awareness:


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.

The AgriSafe Network reminds readers of the warning signs of heat-related illnesses as well as ways to prevent them.

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.

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

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:

Tornado Safety

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Due to severe weather conditions that has occurred in the past few months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has featured a recommend guide in case of a tornado. The guide includes how to be prepared, how to stay aware of weather conditions and suggestions for shelter. For more information, please visit:


Keep up to date with Zika

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Information available about Zika Virus transmission, prevention and treatment is changing rapidly. To keep up to date, go to the Centers for Disease Control’s Zika site. On the bottom of the main page, you can sign up for email updates.

Zika Virus (CDC):

Webinar March 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET: Zika Virus Response and Information Resources

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is offering a webinar on Zika Virus Response and Information Resources.”


WHEN:  Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  “Zika Virus Response and Information Resources”

Dr. Sonja Rasmussen will discuss how information resources are pulled together and disseminated for the CDC Zika Virus response. In addition, representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will provide an overview of NLM Disaster Health’s Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide.


Dr. Sonja Rasmussen is the Director of CDC’s Division of Public Health Information Dissemination (the Division that includes the CDC Library) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series. She is also a Senior Consultant to CDC’s Zika Response.


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For more information on this and past meetings, see

Webinar – Listening Before We Speak: Understanding Our Audience in Times of Disaster #SomosSocial

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Listening Before We Speak: Understanding Our Audience in Times of Disaster #SomosSocial

Adapted from DigitalGov

March 2, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

For more information and to register for the webinar, visit

Who is the audience? What is the social conversation? Those are the most common questions that tools like social listening can address to better understand your audience and their needs. In this webinar we will share our experience implementing social listening as a tool directed to our Spanish speaking audience and how to partner with other reliable sources to provide relevant content at every stage of the disaster. In addition, we will share lessons learned and best practices about our engagement.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in social listening for Spanish speaking markets in the United States
  • Digital and social media managers with content responsibilities in Spanish
  • Anyone interested in social media, disasters and communications with limited English proficiency communities

About the Presenters

Daniel Llargues is the FEMA National Spokesperson for the growing Hispanic community in the United States in the office of External Affairs.

Lucia Castro Herrera is the Disaster Spanish Social Content Specialist on the Digital Engagement team in the Office of External Affairs at FEMA.

National Library of Medicine Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Please share these resources freely. These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as: Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations; Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents; and Social media resources for situational awareness.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources:
Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: (PDF)
Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System: (PDF)

National Weather Service Winter Safety

Monday, January 25th, 2016

This page is designed to teach you how to stay safe in a winter storm or in abnormally cold weather for your area. If you know what to do before, during, and after a winter event, you can increase your chances of survival. On this site, you will find information on winter alerts, science and hazards, as well as snow coverage maps and information describing the different types of winter storms as well as how to deal with extreme cold. You’ll also find a broad array of educational materials.

Check out the weather preparedness events calendar.