Get Ready Now!: Summer 2009 newsletter

Check out the new Get Ready fact sheets

Want to learn more about preparedness? You’re in luck! There are now seven new Get Ready fact sheets addressing work emergencies, earthquakes, floods, heat waves, power outages, winter storms and swine flu.

You can download the fact sheets as PDFs and as customizable documents that you can add your organization’s logo to. The fact sheets are also available in Spanish.

Big congrats to our Get Ready Scholarship winners

scholarshipCongratulations to the winners of the 2009 APHA Get Ready Scholarship! Three high school students — David Amutah of Lawrenceville, N.J.; Alyssia B. Whitney of Nashville, Tenn.; and Katelyn M. Kersey of Bradenton, Fla. — were chosen from more than 2,500 applicants as the winners of the scholarship.

The three 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. Check out the winning essays on the scholarship page of the Get Ready Web site!

Support funding for pandemic flu preparedness and response

The recent outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus puts a spotlight on our nation’s preparedness to handle a possible pandemic or other public health emergency or disaster. Efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve pandemic preparedness have been successful and significant, but much more needs to be done.

Please take a minute to send a letter to your senators and representatives urging them to support funding in the supplemental fiscal year 2009 spending bill for pandemic influenza preparedness and response as well as the Public Health Emergency Response Act that would ensure that victims of disasters receive emergency medical services.

APHA also signed onto a letter (PDF) as a member of the Working Group on Pandemic Flu Preparedness calling for more funding for pandemic influenza preparedness and response in emergency supplemental legislation.

Affiliate news: Idaho association helps communities get ready

The Idaho Public Health Association is working with the state department of health and welfare and with the state’s seven district health departments to promote Get Ready campaign messages. The association designed a traveling exhibit booth that the Affiliate displayed at numerous conferences throughout Idaho, which is also made available to health districts and other health organizations to Idahouse at meetings or trainings.

And how does IPHA make sure the preparedness message sticks? With peanut butter, of course. As a result of IPHA’s Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks event last year, an Albertsons/Sav-on store is organizing an event, co-sponsored by the Central District Health Department, to raise awareness about emergency preparedness. The event will include a booth with displays of Get Ready materials and handouts along with free samples of “pandemic peanut butter sandwiches” with recipe cards available. There will be a raffle for participants. The grand prize winner will receive a stockpile kit donated by Albertsons. IPHA hopes to expand this pilot event to other Albertsons stores across the state during the spring Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign.

Mark your calendars: Sept. 15 is Get Ready Day 2009

Get Ready Day will be celebrated in communities across the nation on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Help Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all hazards they may face, including pandemic flu, emerging infectious diseases and disasters. APHA's Get Ready campaign can help you plan your Get Ready Day activities. sam

Here are some ideas of what you can do:
* Hold an after-school community preparedness fair and invite students, parents and families.
* Sponsor a preparedness talk at your local senior center or hold a town hall.
* Set up a booth on campus, or pass out materials at your health department.
* Insert preparedness planning materials into your church bulletin, or post information on a bulletin board.
* Work with a local grocery store to promote preparedness and stockpiling to shoppers through displays or fliers.
* Use our easy, how-to Get Ready Games Guide (PDF) to make fun preparedness games for kids.

No time to hold an event? Then how about adding our Get Ready logos to your Web site and linking to the Get Ready campaign?

New Get Ready podcast online

Lonnie King, DVM, director of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an overview of zoonotic diseases and discusses ways to prevent contamination on the Get Ready campaign’s latest podcast.

Get Ready Starter Kits are up for grabs!

Do you want to host your own Get Ready Day or other preparedness activity? The Get Ready Starter Kit is the perfect solution! The kit contains fun materials including a banner, balloons, Get Ready Event Guide, a T-shirt, stickers and pencils. If you act fast, you could receive a complimentary Get Ready Starter Kit by sending a request to Tia Taylor at APHA. There are only a limited number available!

Contact us

Tell us your thoughts about the Get Ready campaign! Send us your comments, questions, suggestions and ideas via e-mail or call 202-777-2742.

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