Get Ready newsletter: Get Ready Now!: Spring 2014 issue

Disaster preparedness to be highlighted during National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week 2014 is right around the corner! Join us as we celebrate the evolving public health system and the importance of public health from April 7-13 with the theme “Public Health: Start Here.” There’s even an entire day dedicated to emergency preparedness.

Tuesday, April 8, will have the daily theme of “Don’t panic: Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action. We’re here to help you weather the unexpected.”

The event website has many resources available to help you become involved in NPHW. Make sure to take a look at the toolkit, which includes fact sheets, media outreach materials, suggested community events, legislative information, resources and activities. Listen to recordings of partner meetings on the books and resources page. We encourage you to use these recourses to become a partner and submit your events to the NPHW calendar!

Join APHA the fourth annual NPHW Twitter Chat
The Twitter Chat will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 2-3 p.m. EDT. RSVP via our Twitvite and use the hashtag #NPHWchat to join the conversation.

Share our St. Patrick’s Day e-cards
Help raise awareness of preparedness with one of our new St. Patrick’s Day e-cards. Let your friends and family know that it takes more than luck to be prepared in an emergency.

Leprechaun e-card

Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks
Now that you have adjusted to daylight saving time by springing forward, it’s time to check your stocks. While many emergency stockpile materials are made to last, they don’t stay good forever. The last thing you want is leaky batteries and spoiled food when you need them most.

Visit the Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks Web page for info on:
Stockpiling checklists
Water stockpiling
Stockpiling on a budget
Stockpiling for your pets
Grocery lists
Stockpiling recipes

Sixth annual Get Ready Scholarship open to high school, college and graduate students
APHA’s Get Ready campaign is challenging students to help Americans become more prepared via its scholarship. High school students are asked to write a blog entry, undergraduate college students are tasked with creating a preparedness plan and graduate students are challenged to create an infographic. Full details are on the scholarship site now.

2014 Get Ready Pup-Preparedness calendar is now available
Our 2014 dog calendar is now available online for free! Featuring cute puppies and preparedness tips, the calendar makes a great addition to your bulletin board, office wall or refrigerator. Get your copy and print one to share.

Podcasts
Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 36: “Winter weather and mass transit: Tips for a safe commute"
The Get Ready team interviews Caroline Laurin, manager of media relations and deputy chief spokesperson for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, also known as WMATA. She talks about the importance of being prepared for unexpected subway or bus delays when commuting to work or school, especially in the colder winter months.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 35: “Get your emergency stockpile ready"
We talk with Cheryl Kravitz, director of communication at the American Red Cross, National Capital Region, on the importance of having an emergency stockpile. Kravitz, who is interviewed by Get Ready team member Lavanya Gupta, shares tips on what to put in your stockpile and how often to update it.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 34: “Family communication during an emergency"
The Get Ready team interviews Jeffrey Mitchell, PhD, clinical professor of emergency health services at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and co-founder of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He talks about the importance of establishing a simple and effective family communication plan that includes backup plans in case things don’t go as expected during an emergency.

Recent Blog Posts
Spread the word: It’s almost time to set your clocks and check your stocks!
Washing your hands with cooler water can be better for the environment
What to know and do about flu
Get the facts about the flu and flu vaccine
Does antibacterial soap keep us healthy?

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Issued March 13, 2014