Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Emergency Preparedness and You. Atlanta, GA: Author.
The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people in the wake of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza. Though some people feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively when they do occur.
To help, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Red Cross have teamed up to answer common questions and provide step by step guidance you can take now to protect you and your loved ones.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety. Atlanta, GA: Author.
When winter temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Extremely cold temperatures often accompany a winter storm, so you may have to cope with power failures and icy roads. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face indoor hazards. Many homes will be too cold—either due to a power failure or because the heating system isn't adequate for the weather. When people must use space heaters and fireplaces to stay warm, the risk of household fires increases, as well as the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
NACCHO's Health and Disability Program is pleased to offer Technical Assistance (TA) to health departments interested in increasing inclusion and engagement of people with disabilities in emergency plans and/or policies. This program is sponsored by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Health departments selected to participate in the program will work with NACCHO to identify areas for improvement in local- or state-level emergency plans. Based on identified gaps, NACCHO will provide TA through information, education, and suggestions for how to be more engaging and inclusive of people with disabilities.
NACCHO is interested in working with state and local health departments who do not currently receive funding from NCBDDD that is intended to improve inclusion of people with disabilities into public health programs, policies, and services.
All health departments interested in receiving TA from NACCHO through this program must complete an online questionnaire by April 15, 2014. The questionnaire is available here: http://naccho.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QgJFiLQa2S4SZn.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly Atlanta, GA: Author.
CDC offers these tips to help you prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power, including: