Get Ready newsletter: Get Ready Now!: Fall 2013 issue

Get Ready Now! Fall 2013 newsletter

Get Ready Day is Sept. 17
Held each year on the third Tuesday in September, APHA's Get Ready Day is timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month. This year, Get Ready Day will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Help your community, campus or workplace become prepared for emergencies or disasters with our Get Ready Day event materials.
Plan your event
Get Ready fact sheets
Add your event to our calendar
Take the pledge

Get Ready Parents Page: Preparedness information to share with your family
Experiencing a disaster is hard enough for adults: Just imagine what it must be like for children. Luckily, getting prepared for an emergency isn’t an adults-only activity. Involving kids in your family’s preparedness activities can be key to helping them stay safe and overcome their fears.

The Get Ready campaign’s new parents page has quick tips for preparing your family for emergencies. For example, talk to your kids about disasters before they occur, and let them know you are prepared. Go over the types of disasters most likely to occur in your community. That way, they’ll be less scared when something does happen.

For more information, visit our parents page, download one of our Get Ready fact sheets and share the page with friends.

APHA’s Get Ready campaign featured at a national conference
Information about APHA’s Get Ready campaign was presented at the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media in Atlanta in August. The presentation focused on the innovative approaches that the Get Ready campaign uses to disseminate critical and timely information about how to prepare yourself, families and communities for public health emergencies. The presentation included an overview of the resources and tools available to the public such as our “Call Me Maybe” video parody, the Get Ready Catastrophes calendar, social media opportunities and fact sheets.

To find out more about the presentation, check out the conference abstract.

Get Ready on Capitol Hill: Is America prepared for health emergencies?Benjamin at Hill briefing
In an August Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Alliance for Health Reform and broadcast on C-SPAN, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin and other health leaders discussed the question, “Are we ready for disaster?” The answer is twofold: National preparedness is achievable, but we’re not there yet.

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Tornado safety lessons: Power outages can be dangerous, taking shelter matters: Q&A with Cindy Chiu
Chiu, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health, studies the dangers that disasters pose to human health. A recent study she authored in APHA’s American Journal of Public Health looked at tornadoes that occurred in Alabama in 2011. Read our Q&A for tips on staying safe.

New podcasts from Get Ready
Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 31: “Travel safety"
The Get Ready campaign interviewed Mike MacNair, president and CEO of MacNair Travel Management. He offered his knowledge of the travel industry to shed light on ways travelers can prepare for emergencies before and during their trips.
Play podcast
Read transcript

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 30: “How to prepare for a hurricane"
This episode features James Franklin, branch chief, and Dennis Feltgen, public affairs officer, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center.
Play podcast
Read transcript

Take part in our campaign evaluation
The Get Ready campaign is an award-winning program that has helped many people prepare for disasters and emerging infectious diseases. In the face of sequestration and budget cuts, our campaign is in critical need of your help. We don’t need money, just 10 minutes of your time.

Your responses will help us:
• Make data-driven decisions on programs
• Determine our impact and success of campaigns
• Apply for future funding and grants
• Prioritize resources and focus on our target audiences
• Tell us what you think by taking this quick survey, which is being conducted by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

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Help spread the word, not the flu
APHA was the first to join forces with Flu Near You to pioneer crowd sourced flu symptom reporting. APHA helped recruit more than 40,000 volunteers to report weekly about whether they were healthy or had specific flu symptoms. Flu Near You engages people in flu prevention, and with your continued help, may provide the earliest detection of the start and spread of the annual flu — or the next pandemic strain. Please encourage friends, family, colleagues and patients to join. Learn more. Become a flu fighter: register online or install the iPhone/iPad or Android app.

Volunteers needed: The Flu Near You team at Skoll Global Threats Fund wants to make the site/app work better for you. Participate in a 15-minute phone interview in the next three weeks. No prior experience with the site needed. Just email with a few good times (include time zone). They'll confirm and email a toll-free number. All information is confidential.

Follow us on Twitter
@GetReady has topped 12,000 followers! Follow along during #NatlPrep month.

From the Get Ready Blog
Get ready! It’s National Preparedness Month
Back-to-school preparedness tips
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Most don’t wash their hands long enough
Tips for staying safe from disasters while you travel
Breast is best, even during emergencies
How to prepare for wildfires


Donate: Show your support for APHA’s Get Ready campaign. Make your tax deductible year-end contribution today.

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Posted Sept. 18, 2013