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

Change your clocks check your stocksCheck your stocks when you change your clocks this weekend
When it’s time to change your clocks this Sunday, March 10, because of daylight saving time, use it as a reminder to check your preparedness kit. Make sure your emergency stockpile isn’t missing any items such as batteries or flashlights and that the food hasn’t expired. If you haven’t created a stockpile yet, now is the time to create one! 

The Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign has checklists, fact sheets and shopping lists to help you whether you are refreshing your kit or starting from scratch. Remember: It’s always better to update your supplies before an emergency occurs.

APHA's 2013 Get Ready Scholarship now accepting entries
To raise awareness about preparedness, APHA's Get Ready campaign is again holding its annual scholarship competition. 

The Get Ready Scholarship is designed to encourage high school and college students to focus on the importance of emergency preparedness. Visit the Get Ready site to see the scholarship criteria. The scholarship is open to both high school and college students. We’ll be accepting entries from now until March 25 — or until we reach 200 entries in each category. 

Send us your essays as soon as possible for a chance to win one of six $500 scholarships!

Recipes for DiseasterRecipes for Disaster: An Emergency Preparedness Cookbook
In March 2012, APHA's Get Ready campaign announced a recipe contest unlike any other. The challenge? Create a delicious meal that can be prepared without electricity or cooking gas. We got dozens of entries for our Emergency Stockpile Recipe Contest, and we prepared and tasted them all!

We are happy to announce the winning recipes are now available — and free! — in “Recipes for Disaster: An Emergency Preparedness Cookbook.” It's filled with recipes, food and water stockpiling tips and even checklists to help you shop for your emergency stockpile.

You can also view the recipes on our Get Ready recipe page.

Check out our podcasts on digital preparedness for disasters and flu
The Get Ready campaign recently spoke with Amy Donahue, a reference librarian at the Medical College of Wisconsin, about preparing for a disaster digitally. In our recent podcast episode, Donahue gives tips for using technology to help us before, during and after an emergency. She has suggestions for how to make sure technology will work for us when we need it most — things like having extra batteries and having a plan for charging your phone when the power goes out. 

In another new podcast, the Get Ready campaign spoke with Michael Jhung, a medical officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to get the scoop on this year’s flu season. Jhung also explains during the podcast why some flu seasons are worse than others, and talks about how the CDC monitors flu every year. Plus, he offers useful tips for keeping yourself healthy after you’ve gotten your flu shot. 

Listen to the interviews with Donahue and Jhung now on our podcast page

tornado e-cardGet Ready spreads the love on Valentine’s Day
For the second year in a row, APHA’s Get Ready campaign created emergency preparedness-themed greeting cards for the holiday. The cards proved even more popular this time around as they were shared on Facebook and other social media sites.

If you did not get a chance to share the e-cards with your valentine, don’t worry. The cards are still available and appropriate any time of year.

NPHW 2013National Public Health Week is April 1-7

National Public Health Week is right around the corner and APHA needs your help to make this another successful campaign. 

Scheduled for April 1-7, NPHW 2013 is focusing on “Public Health is ROI, Save Lives, Save Money.” The theme is a reference to the public health return on investment, or ROI, which shows that for every dollar spent to prevent health problems in a community, $5.60 in later medical treatment is averted. The 2013 NPHW Partners Toolkit, fact sheets and other resources are available on the NPHW website.

There are exciting opportunities to get involved this year, including an infographic contest. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @NPHW and plan to participate in our NPHW Twitter chat on April 3 via #NPHWchat. For more information, email Make plans for your NPHW event today!

Follow our Get Ready board on Pinterest
Do you use Pinterest? APHA is on Pinterest, and we have a pin board dedicated to Get Ready and emergency preparedness! 

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

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

Contact us
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Posted March 8, 2013