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Get Ready Now!: Summer 2010 issue

September is National Preparedness Month: Help spread the word
Get involved with the Get Ready Day campaign and sign the pledge
Held annually on the third Tuesday in September, APHA's Get Ready Day is timed to coincide with National Preparedness Month. In honor of this month, help your community, campus or workplace become prepared get ready dayfor emergencies or disasters by holding a Get Ready Day event! Visit our event planning page for tips and to request hard copies of materials for use in your activities while supplies last. The Get Ready campaign offers many free educational materials.

Be sure to add your event onto our Get Ready calendar of events as well. Another easy step you can take to show your commitment is to sign our simple pledge to help make your community prepared. Ask your friends and family to sign as well. Help encourage your loved ones to take the few, simple steps that can make a big difference when unexpected disasters strike.

Check out the new Get Ready video on the importance of preparedness
APHA’s Get Ready campaign has recently released a new tool for health workers to use when teaching about preparedness in their community. We encourage you to take the simple step of downloading the Get Ready Video and sharing it with your social or professional networks!

Back to school and inoculations
As children return to school, so do the spread of germs and it is important to make sure that vaccinations are up-to-date. The number of infectious illnesses prevented by these inoculations is high and continues to rise as researchers discover new ways to protect children from disease. As a good resource for parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics just launched a new immunization section on its website with helpful guidelines and tips. To find out which vaccinations your children may need, visit  

What’s new from the Get Ready campaign? Fact sheet on dengue
Although dengue is not very common in the United States, scientists have warned that rising temperatures due to global warming may be attributable to an increased number of occurrences. To learn more about dengue fever and the suggested prevention measures, read our new dengue fact sheet. (PDF)

suppliesSheltering in place: New Q&A and podcast available
Darryl J. Madden, director of the federal Ready Campaign, provides tips on what to do when authorities tell you to stay at home, work, school or other locations during an emergency in the newly released podcast, “Sheltering in Place During an Emergency”. In conjunction with the podcast, check out the new Get Ready Q&A with expert Madden regarding what you need to know when staying put in an emergency.

We would like to acknowledge our all-star Get Ready Blog fan with the screen name of nelliebly. This commenter is engaged and makes insightful comments on various Get Ready blog posts. Thank you, nelliebly, for your interest and involvement with APHA’s Get Ready campaign! We encourage others to follow our Get Ready Blog and make thoughtful comments and interact as well. Check our other social media platforms, including the Get Ready Twitter.

Mark your calendar for Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks
Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 7. Is your emergency preparedness stockpile up-to-date?
When it’s time to change your clocks because of daylight saving time, remember to check your preparedness kit to make sure your emergency stockpile isn’t missing any items and that the food hasn’t expired. APHA’s Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign is reminding people to refresh their emergency supplies before a disaster occurs and to use the clock change as a reminder.

Another way to get the message out: Sport our Get Ready merchandise

Check out the variety of Get Ready merchandise available, including T-shirts, hats, bags, mugs, things for your pet and more! Not only will you be supporting a worthy cause, but also acting as a messenger when touting the products to help teach about the importance of emergency preparedness.

Check out the latest blog entries from APHA's Get Ready campaign
It's Hurricane season: Are you ready?
Celebrate Get Ready Day on Sept. 21 and spread the preparedness message
You are what you eat: How not to get sick during a food-borne disease outbreak
Don't let disease cramp your summertime fun 

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