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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Redesigned America’s PrepareAthon! website

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The redesigned America’s PrepareAthon! website is now available, featuring a a bold new look and some exciting new additions! Now, it’s easier than ever to find disaster preparedness resources, add your preparedness activities to the website, and learn how to prepare your community for hazards. There is also a stories section that highlights exciting preparedness activities happening around the country. Also, all registered PrepareAthon! activities for the year are now featured on an interactive map, so you can quickly view or search for preparedness events nationwide.

America’s PrepareAthon!: http://1.usa.gov/1MVCRYv

New American Red Cross Emergency app

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The American Red Cross Emergency app is the one-download resource that puts vital information at your fingertips. This “all-inclusive” app combines more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts from natural to man-made, giving you real-time information to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

The Emergency app is highly customizable and informative. Choose the alerts that are important to your location. Monitor activity across the country to know when incidents are about to occur in the locations of your family and friends. Activate “Family Safe” to notify loved ones that an alert has been issued in their area and check to see if they are safe. Access vital information on what to do before, during and after an emergency strikes. Whether it’s a hurricane or earthquake, heat wave, blizzard or more, Emergency keeps you in the know and prepared to respond.

American Red Cross Emergency app: http://rdcrss.org/1KVoVOO (Android and iOS)

HHS unveils first compendium of resources for health emergencies

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the first online collection of the federal resources and capabilities available to mitigate the health impacts of emergencies. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) sponsored the HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium to aid state, tribal, territorial, local officials in health and emergency management as they guide communities in responding to and recovering from disasters.

The compendium offers an easy-to-navigate, comprehensive, web-based repository of HHS products, services and capabilities available to state, state, tribal, territorial, and local agencies before, during, and after public health and medical incidents. The information spans 24 categories, and each category showcases the relevant disaster resources available from HHS and partner agencies, a brief description of each resource and information on accessing each one.

HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium: http://1.usa.gov/1KVoILx

FEMA Launches New Data Visualization Tool

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. The data visualization tool is accessible at FEMA: Data Visualization and allows users to view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data. Through an interactive platform, users can view the history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis. On the site, you can see compelling visual representations of federal grant data as it relates to fire, preparedness, mitigation, individual assistance and public assistance.

FEMA: Data Visualization: http://1.usa.gov/1JZ2hBS

Where Can I Find Evidence-based Disaster Health Information? (webinar)

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Join the next Disaster Information Specialist conference call. Open to all!

Thursday July 9 2015 at 1:30 pm ET

Representatives from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the U.S. National Library of Medicine will present on how to use U.S. National Library of Medicine resources to access evidence-based disaster health information.

Log into the Adobe Connect session at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”. A box should pop up asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use the call-back feature or can only attend by telephone:
Dial-In: 1-888-757-2790
Pass-Code: 745907

For more information and to view past webinars: http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm

Disaster Distress Hotline 1-800-985-5990

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

“A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions.  The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the tragic events in Charleston, S.C.  The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers.  The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.”

Preventing heat-related illnesses

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, extreme heat caused over 7400 deaths in the United States between 1999-2010.

Check out these resources to prevent heat-related illness.

Keep your cool in hot weather (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1GBccMt

Heat Illness (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1dY6f2g

Webinar: RRAIN – Response and Recovery App in Washington State

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The next Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting will feature a presentation on “RRAIN – Response and Recovery App in Washington State”.

“Representatives from University of Washington Health Sciences Library will present about their current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with HEALWA (Health Evidence Resource for Washington State), the State Department of Health and other area hospitals and libraries, created an app and a training program to increase access to reliable disaster information for statewide disaster response and recovery.”

Disaster Information Specialist meetings are generally held on the 2nd Thursday of the month and are open to all.

Thursday June 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm ET.
RRAIN – Response and Recovery App in Washington State

Log-in information and archives of past calls: http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm

Webinar For Faith-based and Community Organizations on Youth Preparedness Resources and Partnerships

Friday, June 5th, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division and whole community partners invite you to join a co-hosted a webinar, Getting Youth Involved In Emergency Preparedness, intended to help connect faith-based and community organizations to tools and resources for youth preparedness activities. Audience members will hear from organizations that are affirmers of the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education and how they can work alongside youth and leverage existing resources and partnerships to increase preparedness in communities.

Title: Getting Youth Involved In Emergency Preparedness
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT)
Register: http://bit.ly/1KR2GJe

Extreme Event: new role-playing game for groups

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Extreme Event is an in-person role-playing game for groups. The game was designed by the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum in collaboration with the ResilientAmerica Roundtable, and all materials needed are available for download at their website.

A webinar on May 12 from 12 – 1 PM (ET) will explain how to host an Extreme Event game for a school, community event, disaster training session or any other setting.

Register for the webinar: http://bit.ly/1Fg5f6e

Extreme Event toolkit: http://bit.ly/1cJqPDM