Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
- emergency managers
- elected officials
- concerned citizens
For more information and to download the tool, visit http://1.usa.gov/1TIeTAu
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
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: http://1.usa.gov/1RClAGu
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): http://www.cdc.gov/zika/