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Get Ready Now!: Spring 2011 issue

Tornadoes devastate regions in the Midwest: Learn how to better prepare
home destructionThis spring has witnessed a record-breaking number of tornadoes causing death and destruction to several communities throughout the United States, particularly regions of the Midwest. APHA gives its condolences to all those affected by these devastating storms and encourages fellow Americans to reach out to those in need. Tornadoes can happen anywhere in the world, but they mostly happen in the United States. Tornadoes are extremely powerful, capable of destroying even well-constructed homes and buildings, uprooting trees and hurling heavy pieces of debris. The Get Ready campaign just released a new fact sheet on “How to get ready for tornadoes”  that we encourage you to distribute and share with your communities. Unfortunately, tornadoes often strike with little or no warning, but knowing the signs of a coming tornado and familiarizing yourself with tornado warning signals, can help to keep you and your loved ones safe. Photo Courtesy iStockphoto -  Jim Lopes 

Six additional new fact sheets from the Get Ready campaign to share
Related to the new fact sheet on tornado preparedness tips, APHA’s Get Ready campaign recently released six additional fact sheets, available in both English and Spanish, dealing with emergency preparedness, including the following topics:
• “How to get ready for a tsunami”
• “Home safe home: Being prepared can prevent a disaster at home”
• “How to get ready for hurricanes”
• “Protect yourself from mosquito-borne disease”
• “Well-built: The importance of safe building”
• “Staying put in a disaster: How to shelter in place”

APHA congratulates this year’s Get Ready Scholarship winnersGet Ready Scholarship
Congratulations to the winners of the APHA's 2011 Get Ready Scholarship! Six students — at the high school, undergraduate and graduate college levels — were chosen from hundreds of applicants as the winners of the scholarship. The winners were selected on the basis of their essays on preparedness. Each of the students will receive $500 from the Get Ready campaign to further their education and pay for school costs as well as a free one-year APHA membership. Read more about the winners and excerpts from their award-winning essays.

As summer approaches, check out new Web resource on preventing heat illness

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has now posted a new heat illness Web page that includes educational materials in English and Spanish, including low-literacy fact sheets for workers, worksite and community posters, and a public service announcement from Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. The Web page also includes a video from Assistant Secretary David Michaels in English with a Spanish transcript. OSHA will be posting additional materials on the heat illness Web page, including a lesson plan that employers can use to train their workers to stay safe in the heat and a heat index smartphone app. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will incorporate worker safety precautions when heat alerts are issued across the country. NOAA will include pertinent worker safety information on its heat watch Web page.

New edition of APHA book on Public Health Management of Disasters
Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide, the all new third edition of this Public Health Management of Disaster Guide Bookbest-selling text will provide an updated operational desk guide for public health personnel who are preparing for or responding to disasters, and for the emergency management community who must work with public health in any response. This book is currently in production and is available for pre-order now, but will ship by mid-July, 2011. 

Remembering those affected by the earthquake in Japan
While no longer on the front pages and top headlines of the news, APHA’s Get Ready campaign urges you to keep in mind the victims affected by the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan that occurred on March 11. APHA continues to update its international health page that connects people with ways in which they can help by donating to the cause. The Get Ready campaign has the goal of building awareness; in those efforts, we urge you check out above mentioned new fact sheet on “How to get ready for a tsunami.”

Events and Observations
National Hurricane Preparedness Week, Observed May 22-28

Did you know that it is National Hurricane Preparedness Week? As hurricane season approaches this June, take the time to read up on how to stay informed and be prepared. Read the new Get Ready fact sheet on hurricane preparedness and stay tuned for the upcoming Get Ready blog entry on this important topic.

Mark your calendars: Get Ready Day is Sept. 20, 2011
Held each year on the thrid Tuesday in September, APHA's Get Ready Day is timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month, which urges all Americans to "Plan now. Work together. Be ready." Help your community, campus or workplace become prepared for emergencies or disasters by holding a Get Ready event! Visit our event planning page for tips and to request hard copies of materials for use in your activities. More information to come! Also, you can continue to check for updates on the Get Ready Day webpage.

Social Media
Check out the latest blog entries from APHA’s Get Ready campaign
APHA’s Get Ready Blog posts a new entry every Friday. We encourage you to follow us. Here are some links to recent blog entries:
• “What you need to know to be ready for a flood”
• “Making a donation to Stamp Out Hunger and help prepare your community”
• “How to get ready for tornadoes”

Follow our Get Ready Twitter handle
Do you tweet? If so, consider following our Get Ready Twitter handle that provides weekly links to public health news and research.

Partner Spotlight
Thank you to APHA’s Affiliates for their involvement in the Get Ready campaign
APHA would like to thank and recognize all of APHA’s affiliated state and regional public health associations that have participated in the Get Ready campaign. We greatly appreciate the events that have been held at the state and local levels and the policies developed to support the efforts of preparing all Americans for emergencies. Thanks, too, for displaying the Get Ready logo on your websites, connecting members and the public to our newsletters, blogs and Twitter feed. 

APHA seeks to feature ongoing Affiliate efforts in upcoming editions of the Get Ready Now! newsletter. To have your events included, submit a brief synopsis (3-4 sentences) and photos to Mekia Barclift or Patricia Warin. Get Ready Now! is distributed on a quarterly basis, with the next edition scheduled to be released in late August.

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