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Disaster Resilience Cartoons and Worksheets for Youth/Students

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Building Resilience with Hunter and Eve is an animated series featuring a young fox (Hunter) and owl (Eve) who together learn how to be resilient and cope with disasters and emergencies. Each episode of this series focuses on one important skill (for example staying safe, keeping calm, solving problems) and provides clear steps toward achieving the skill.Child and youth worksheets are available for each episode in the series. The worksheets include activities that reinforce the steps presented in each video. Discussion starters are also provided, which provide questions for children and youth to think and talk about before and after watching each episode. Discussion starters can be used with individual children or with groups. The first two episodes and accompanying worksheets are available here: http://bit.ly/1TwZNy9

Resources for Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Most everyone has been through a stressful event in his or her life. When the event, or series of events, causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic event. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have been involved. They may also have an impact on people who have seen the event either firsthand or on television. [CDC]

Resources for Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events
NLM: Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events – http://1.usa.gov/1Nwmm1n
MedlinePlus: Coping with Disasters – http://1.usa.gov/1N13LgR
SAMHSA: Disaster Distress Helpline – http://1.usa.gov/1Tpwgq9

Community Discussion: Preparing Individuals Disproportionately Impacted by Disasters Webinar

Monday, November 9th, 2015

From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

“Various populations throughout the nation are disproportionately impacted during an emergency due to risk factors related to language, cultural isolation, immigration status and national identity. On Monday, November 23, 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division will host a webinar focused on engaging the public on nationwide disaster preparedness and resilience efforts serving these various populations.”

Title: Community Discussion: Preparing Individuals Disproportionately Impacted by Disasters

Date: Monday, November 23, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1HD57d6

Stop the Bleed: New campaign from the Department of Homeland Security

Monday, October 19th, 2015

From the Department of Homeland Security:

“No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.

‘Stop the Bleed’ is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.”

The campaign includes First Aid instructions for managing bleeding at the scene of an accident.

Stop the Bleed: http://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

HHS launches resources system to improve disaster preparedness

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

“Health and emergency preparedness professionals now have access to the nation’s first and most comprehensive system of resources designed specifically to help communities better prepare for and manage the health impacts of disasters.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) features resource materials, a help line, just-in-time suggestions and tools to share information gleaned from real-life experiences in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.”

Full announcement: http://1.usa.gov/1McOKoW

TRACIE: https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/

After a Flood: Safety Resources

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The Southeastern United States has been hit with historic flooding. The following provide guidance for returning to flooded homes.

Repairing Your Flooded Home (Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross)http://rdcrss.org/1OjvcoV PDF

After a Flood (Centers for Disease Control) – http://1.usa.gov/1VBzP20

 

Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Healthfinder.gov has information on preparing for emergencies and making a family plan, making an emergency supply kit and learning what to do in different types of emergencies. Learn more about how to prepare: 1.usa.gov/1Kz2vQW

 

September is National Preparedness Month

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The 2015 National Preparedness Month (NPM) theme is: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. http://1.usa.gov/1p8z5Lh

This year FEMA is asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community. We ask everyone to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day http://1.usa.gov/1JA6Oft, which ends National Preparedness Month on September 30.

There is a NPM Digital Engagement Toolkit and NPM graphics to help you promote activities and awareness for the month.

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Resources to help those experiencing anniversaries of disasters

From SAMHSA: “Anniversaries of disasters may also be hard for survivors, who may experience some of the same reactions they did around the time of the disaster itself. For those who experience intense reactions, preparing ahead of time and knowing what to expect may be helpful.”

Coping

SAMHSA has resources related to Hurricane Katrina and disaster anniversaries that may be helpful to behavior specialists, public health workers, consumers and others in your community who may need support. http://1.usa.gov/1JlClhx

 

Wildfires: Protect Yourself

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Wildfires are affecting residents in the Western United States. The Centers for Disease Control has resources for protecting your home and family before, during and after a wildfire, including a reproducible infographic.

Wildfires (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1hI4VCS