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Get Ready Now!: Fall 2010 issue

Free hand-washing information available from Get Ready campaign
Have you ever wondered what are the most common ways that germs are spread? Find out the answer to this question and more in the recently released Frequently Asked Questions on hand-washing. For parents and caregivers, teachers and day care providers, and for your preschoolers, the Get Ready campaign has hand-washing fact sheets particularly geared for you, as well as general hand-washing fact sheets. Click here to view these free materials or to download a PDF of a particular fact sheet. Watch the video with Bobette Thompson, president of the National Association of Child Care Professionals, who provides tips on how to keep kids safe from infectious diseases or read the Q&A Interview or listen to the podcast. Please spread the word about this new, robust site on hand-washing and make use of these new free materials. 

Free Get Ready hand-washing timer tools now available upon request to APHA members
Get Ready Hand-Washing TimerTo encourage healthy habits and keep families safe this flu season, the APHA’s Get Ready campaign is launching a new initiative today aimed at promoting proper hand-washing. APHA is providing free hand-washing timers that when activated play a 20-second tune reminding everyone how long it takes to thoroughly wash your hands. APHA members have the first-opportunity to request their special musical hand-washing timers via the order form. You will need your APHA member ID number to order, or will have the opportunity to look it up if forgotten. There is a limit of three hand-washing timers per member. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. This effort is in collaboration with the National Association of Child Care Professionals and funded by Colgate-Palmolive Company.

New food drive toolkit available: Learn how to organize a food drive in your community 
'Tis the season for giving and thinking of those less fortunate, especially during these tough economic times.Did you know that about one in six people in the United States struggles with hunger? Issues related to hunger affect people in every community. In the fight to stamp out hunger, food banks play a key role by securing billions of pounds of food each year and distributing it to millions of people in need. Brought to you by APHA's Get Ready campaign, check out the new food drive toolkit (PDF), an instructional tool on how to plan and organize a food drive in your community. Molly McGlinchy, food resources coordinator of the Capital Area Food Bank, discusses the importance of food banks and the connection to emergency preparedness in a recent Q&A. This interview is also available as a podcast. Find some practical advice in this piece “Learn why food drives are important and how yours can be a success.”

Watch the ant & grasshopper video on the importance of emergency preparedness
Watch the Get Ready campaign’s first-ever video that teaches the importance of emergency preparedness through a story about an ant and grasshopper. The grasshopper eventually learned from the ant and you can, too. Share this video with friends and family to help them prepare for all kinds of disasters, hazards and public health threats. To request a free DVD, contact Cintya Renderos at 202-777-2425. Quantities may be limited. 
Get Ready Day winner from August involvement campaign selected 
Britteny MarvinCongratulations to Britteny Marvin of Grand Rapids, Mich., winner of an emergency preparedness kit. APHA's Get Ready team selected Ms. Marvin as this year's winner for her interest and action in the Get Ready August involvement campaign in advance of September's Get Ready Day. Marvin writes, "I am a nursing student at Grand Valley State University and in my community health clinical rotation my peers and I did education presentations to our local community on emergency preparedness. We presented education on how to prepare for an emergency to other Grand Valley State University students on campus and we also presented to the Southwest area neighborhood of Grand Rapids at a local grocery store. We used the material to educate the students and residents as well as handed them out so people could keep them for reference. The handouts and printed materials were very helpful!"  Photo: Courtesy of Britteny Marvin.

Report back from Annual Meeting Get Ready booth
“Blue-light special at Booth 1361” was the scene at the Get Ready Booth at APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Denver in November. APHA announced the upcoming launch of its hand-washing campaign with musical hand-washing timers and a variety of 16 hand soaps donated by Colgate-Palmolive Company. The Get Ready booth provided materials on organizing a food drive, proper hand-washing and emergency preparedness stockpiling. Readiness for disasters means preparedness. Are You Ready?If not, visit our website ( for free materials to help prepare you, your family and your community for all disasters and hazards.

New translations now available of the Get Ready pandemic flu fact sheet
Thanks to the work of the Asian-Pacific Islander American Health Forum, translations of the Get Ready pandemic flu fact sheet are now available in Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Samoan, Thai, Tongan, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.Check out these new resources here. Help promote these new resources via your professional and social networks.

APHA Affiliates and Get Ready campaign
Summary of Get Ready activities undertaken by selected APHA-affiliated state and regional public health associations during the third year of the APHA Affiliate Capacity-Building Initiative grant:   

• Arizona Public Health Association: E-mailed and displayed APHA's Get Ready materials/links in both English and Spanish. Materials were also included in the Chicanos Por La Causa Annual (“Christmas in the Barrio”) health fair.

• Maine Public Health Association: Met with emergency preparedness professionals at Maine Emergency Management Agency and throughout the state to discuss ways to meet emergency preparedness needs of individuals and families. MPHA was awarded two grants totaling $20,000 for its emergency preparedness work.

• Utah Public Health Association: Sponsored preparedness conference sessions using subject experts. Topics included:
• Lessons learned – disaster preparedness
• Personal and family/worksite preparedness
• Risk communication: How to communicate messages to people in an emergency
• Panel: People, places, practices and partnerships — H1N1 lessons learned
• Capacity-building in public health – Emergency preparedness and response
• Flying with the C.O.O.P. — continuity of operations plan
• Disaster zone 1010 — myths and rumors
• Collaborating partnerships with the at-risk population during disasters 

Social media highlights
New improved look and functionality to our Get Ready Blog
APHA's Get Ready Blog has a new and improved look as well as new easy-to-use sharing features. Come visit us at and tell us what you think and interact with the page. The blog page is now equipped with real-time Get Ready Twitter updates. From this page, you can also access site, available in either English or Spanish. The Get Ready Blog now offers a search feature so you can easily find a specific blog entry. The page also displays most viewed/most popular blogs. Soon to come in the new year will be Get Ready poll results. Make sure to come and visit and leave your comments and thoughts on the blog topics.

Here are some of our most viewed Get Ready Blog entries
• Community leaders have a vital role to play in pandemic preparedness, HHS forum says
• La importancia de tener las vacunas al día
What to do when your house floods: A real-life preparedness tale

Follow us on Twitter
Visit here to find out how. Here are some recent tweets to peak your interest
NEWS: H1N1 vaccine safe and induces robust immune response in people with asthma
• NEWS: NIH scientists consider prospects for a universal influenza vaccine
• FROM APHA: National Influenza Vaccination Week: It’s not too late to protect yourself from flu

• NEWS: Nat'l Influenza Vaccination Week: Encourage young adults to get vaccinated against the flu. Free materials here:

• NEWS: Update: Outbreak of cholera: Haiti, 2010

2011 Get Ready Scholarship update: More info soon to come
Stay tuned for more information regarding 2011 Get Ready Scholarship. Further details will be announced on the Get Ready website on Jan. 25, 2011.

The holidays are here: Have you checked out APHA's Get Ready merchandise?
Visit The Get Ready online store offers a variety of items – clothing, bags, clocks, mugs, buttons, magnets, stickers and more. Plus shipping is free on orders of $40 or more.   

Partner spotlight
Brian Crowe, executive director of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
Brian Crowe, Executive Director of NACCPGood health through healthy habits is a vital effort this season for families with children. The National Association of Child Care Professionals, in collaboration with the American Public Health Association, recently launched a national media message on the importance of frequently washing hands a minimum of 20 seconds in warm water to ensure cold and flu viruses aren’t transmitted.

This campaign is a part of the Get Ready campaign of APHA. Children touch an estimated 300 surfaces in 30 minutes and the potential for virus transmission becomes a greater concern, particularly in the height of the cold and flu season. Colgate-Palmolive, the makers of Softsoap, joined this message campaign encouraging regular hand-washing throughout the day and additionally provide a critical solution in protection against virus transmission with their line of soap dispensers. For more information, visit or

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