Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region. They have compiled a list of information resources. Please visit: bit.ly/1Qj8xaK to learn more.
Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
“Diversity Preparedness” is a web-based library of resources and information on disaster preparedness for culturally diverse communities and other at-risk populations. The planning tools, fact sheets, trainings, and other materials have been developed by academic centers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations in the United States. They were developed for public health, healthcare, emergency management, and social service providers who work with diverse and high-risk communities. http://bit.ly/1Jc13kU
Newly arriving immigrants and refugees to the United States may be caught off guard by winter weather. HealthReach has multilingual audio, visual and print materials to educate consumers about Winter Storms and Extreme Cold. The materials were created by Healthy Roads Media and are available in English, Arabic, Bosnian, Somali and Spanish: http://1.usa.gov/1Rkwykx
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
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
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
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
“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
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