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Get Ready Now!: Summer 2011 issue

September is National Preparedness Month: Are you ready?
Fallen TreeWith communities across the East Coast still cleaning up from Hurricane Irene and earthquakes just prior in Virginia, Colorado and California, there’s no better time to remind ourselves of the importance of preparedness. Although many felt the effects of Irene, the added precautionary measures people took, such as staying off the roads or evacuating from high-risk areas, helped to lessen the potential damage and mortality. Millions of families and businesses lost power, and at least 40 people died. For resources and knowledge you can use on earthquakes, hurricanes, power outages, and food and water safety, read the recent blog, brought to you by the Get Ready team. Photo: Courtesy of iStockphoto 

September is designated as National Preparedness Month, with the goal of bringing public attention to the importance of being prepared for potential disasters. APHA’s Get Ready campaign helps to provide you with the needed information, by way of fact sheets, blogs, podcasts and more, on the simple steps you and your community can take to help prepare and be ready to respond to a potential disaster year-round. We encourage you to check out the free materials and resources offered on APHA’s Get Ready campaign’s website. Also, notably, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; APHA remembers the victims who died in the attacks, and their loved ones who mourn their loss. In APHA’s newly launched Public Health Newswire, read the recent post highlighting a 9/11 survey study on whether or not American are better prepared 10 years later. In addition, Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently issued a report, Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health’s Vital Role in National Defense, featuring more than 30 firsthand accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to Sept. 11, 2001, and the anthrax tragedies.

Plan an event for Get Ready Day 2011
APHA’s Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Get Ready Day is the third Tuesday of September, this year falling on Sept. 20. Download our free Get Ready event guide and plan a Get Ready event in your community. For general questions about Get Ready Day, call us at 202-777-2742 or email us. We'd love to hear about your activities.

APHA reminds you to set your clocks and check your stocks on Nov. 6
Clocks &stocks imageAPHA encourages you to check your stockpiles when you reset your clocks at the end of daylight saving time Sunday, Nov. 6. If you haven’t created a stockpile, now is the time to create one. For tips on what to include in your stockpile, check out Get Ready’s free stockpiling fact sheet, also available in Spanish. Remember to include plenty of water. Don’t forget to prepare for your furry friends too with the pet stockpiling fact sheet!

Back-to-school lessons: Hand hygiene is “elementary”
Hand-washing programs among schoolchildren may have a lasting effect in reducing school absences, according to a study published in the August issue of American Journal of Infection Control. A three-month targeted intervention to reduce student absenteeism through increased hand hygiene was conducted in 2008. Check out our series of free hand-washing fact sheets available in both English and Spanish, brought to you by APHA’s Get Ready campaign, and keep those germs at bay.

Soon-to-be released film “Contagion” puts public health, infectious disease in spotlight
In theaters Sept. 9, the new action-thriller film “Contagion,” directed by Steve Soderbergh, staring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, depicts the rapid process of an airborne virus and the public health response and social disruption that follows. Get a sneak-peak from the “Contagion” movie trailer. APHA’s newspaper The Nation’s Health recently conducted an interview with Ian Lipkin, MD, a scientific consultant to the movie, as well as professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Read the full story and more in-depth look at the movie in Kim Krisberg’s article included within the Sept. issue of The Nation’s Health.

Get Ready campaign contests
NASBHC and APHA challenge you to get ready
APHA is calling on the nation’s school-based health centers to help raise awareness about preparedness in their communities by holding a Get Ready Day event. School-based health centers that hold the best activities can win up to $500 from APHA! For more information visit the contest page.

Get Ready video contest for students: Best PSA wins
In addition, students can take part in the Get Ready Video contest and win up to $500! Students enrolled in grades six through 12 as of fall 2011 should submit a short PSA (public service announcement) video, no longer than one minute that illustrates the importance of emergency preparedness.  Be creative as possible. Video submissions must be original content. The contest opens Thursday, Sept. 1, and closes Friday, Oct. 14. For contest rules and submission information, visit the contest Web page

New fact sheets from the Get Ready campaign to share
Download our new fact sheets on child preparedness, moms and disasters, parents and preparedness or mental health and disasters. Also new is our vaccine series, with general information and tips for kids, teens and adults. You may download the factsheets in PDF format or as customizable documents on which you can add your organization’s logo.
• Kids and preparedness: Information for kids on preparedness, written at child level (PDF) English or Spanish
• Moms and disasters: Pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding or women who have infants have special disaster planning needs (PDF) English or Spanish
• Parents and preparedness: Learn how you can keep your family safe during emergencies. (PDF) English or Spanish
• Mental health and disasters: Disasters can be hard on mental health. Learn how you can stay well. (PDF) English or Spanish
• Landslides: How to get ready for a landslide (PDF) English or Spanish
• Volcanoes: How to get ready for a volcano (PDF) English or Spanish
• Tornadoes: How to get ready for a tornado (PDF) English or Spanish
• Mass event safety: How to stay safe during a mass event (PDF) English or Spanish
• Nuclear and radiation safety: How to get ready for a nuclear or radiological disaster (PDF) English or Spanish
• Chemical exposures: How to avoid chemical exposure during a disaster (PDF) English or Spanish
• Seniors and preparedness: Tips to help seniors prepare for disasters (PDF) English or Spanish
• School preparedness: Information for preparedness at schools (PDF) English or Spanish
• Food and water safety during disaster: How to keep food safety during and after a disaster (PDF) English or Spanish
• Wildfires: How to get ready for wildfires (PDF) English or Spanish

• Vaccines: General information: Find out how vaccines keep us safe from diseases. (PDF) English or Spanish
• Vaccines: Kids: It's especially important that kids get vaccines. See why. (PDF) English or Spanish
• Vaccines: Teens: Teens have their own set of vaccination needs. (PDF) English or Spanish
• Vaccines: Adults: Adults and seniors still need vaccines, some of them annually. (PDF) English or Spanish

New Q&A and podcast on senior preparedness
SeniorsWorried about your elderly parents or neighbor? Get the latest advice from the experts by reading the recent Q&A or listening to the podcast on how older adults can stay safe during an emergency or disaster and share with them this important information. Jim Judge, the chair of the American Red Cross’ Disaster Health Subcommittee shares useful information on how elders can better prepare. Did you know that 75 percent of the deaths from Hurricane Katrina occurred among seniors? With more limited mobility and other ailments, seniors often need to take some special measures to ensure they are better prepared in the unfortunate scenario of a disaster. Listen to this interview as a podcast now. The Get Ready campaign urges you to look out for those with additional needs, especially during times of disaster. Photo: Courtesy of iStockphoto

Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide
Public Health Management of Disaster Guide BookThe new edition of this best-selling text is hot off the press. The entire book published by APHA Press has been updated and additional chapters and sections have been added. Updated information on roles and responsibilities, the organization of federal preparedness and response, working with emergency management, surveillance and information systems, emergency communications, environmental issues, including food security, emerging diseases and bioterrorism, mental health services, people with disabilities and chronic disease, recovery and reconstruction, evaluation and the appendices. In addition, sections and chapters have been added on current legislation, vulnerable populations, ethics, social media, resilience, whole community preparedness, response systems and capabilities. This text includes information on the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

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 or sign up to subscribe to our blog via email. Here are some links to recent blog entries:
• “Double threats of earthquakes and hurricane means it’s time to get ready”
• “Get Ready campaign holding contest for school-based health centers”
• “Students: Get Ready for APHA’s video contest”
• “National Immunization Awareness Month: No time like the present to get up to date on your vaccines

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.

New Get Ready booth
Visit the Get Ready booth at APHA’s 2011 Annual Meeting in D.C.
If you are planning to attend APHA’s 2011 Annual Meeting, be sure to make time to stop by the Get Ready booth, #4096. When you stop by, you can enter to win a free emergency preparedness kit, as well as pick up other goodies and information. For more general information on APHA’s Annual Meeting, visit the meeting website.

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