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

2013 Get Ready Scholarship winners
Six students at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level have been chosen as the winners of APHA’s fifth annual Get Ready Scholarship competition.

The Get Ready Scholarship is designed to encourage high school and college students to focus on the importance of emergency preparedness. Each student will receive a $500 scholarship and a one-year APHA student membership. Read excerpts from the winning essays on topics such as flu prevention awareness, state-level emergency preparedness and improving flu vaccination rates among health workers.

Congratulations to our winners!
• High school level: Colin Maloney, Saint Ignatius High School, Cleveland; and Brittany Yopp, Isaac Bear Early College High School, Wilmington, N.C.
• Undergraduate college level: Ashlee Benge, Goucher College, Cedar Park, Texas; and Makedah Johnson, University of Maryland, Silver Spring, Md.
• Graduate college level: Fabienne Lorenz, California State University-Northridge, Reseda, Calif.; and Anjani Parikh, Virginia Commonwealth University, Glen Allen, Va.

Get Ready Day is Sept. 17
Make plans now for your Get Ready Day event and help your community become more prepared for disasters and emergencies! Set up a booth on campus or pass out materials at your health department or workplace. Work with a local grocery store to promote preparedness and stockpiling to shoppers through displays or fliers. Or just put a link on your website!

Need more ideas? Visit our event planning page for tips and to request hard copies of materials for use in your activities.

H7N9 influenza: What you should know now
A new flu virus has emerged in China, putting health officials around the world, including those at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on alert. Our guest blog post by Michael Jhung, medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza division, provides a status report of flu activity and tells you what you need to know about the virus.

Get Ready Summer Safe emergency preparedness information
Summer's here, and that means outdoor fun — and possible health dangers. From heat safety to hurricane prep, APHA's Get Ready campaign has the info you need to keep your summertime activities safe from disasters.

Get ready with one of our free e-cards!Tornado e-card
If you're a fan of APHA's Get Ready campaign, we know you love to be prepared as much as we do. To help you spread the message, we created some Get Ready e-cards so that you can share the importance of preparedness with your loved ones.

Get Ready Report Podcast: "Mental health and emergencies"
In the latest episode of our podcast series, the Get Ready campaign speaks with Robert Motta, director of the Child and Family Trauma Institute at the Saltzman Community Services Center at Hofstra University. He provides tips for mental health emergency preparedness and shares his experience of working with patients who faced the traumatic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Update: APHA’s Get Ready Pup-Preparedness Photo Contest
Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to APHA’s Get Ready Pup-Preparedness Photo Contest! More than 200 photos were received and the judges are now reviewing the entries.

Winners will be announced by September, which is National Preparedness Month. Stay tuned! The winning submissions will be featured in a Get Ready calendar.


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

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Posted Sept. 9, 2013