Get Ready newsletter

Get Ready Now!: Winter 2010 issue

Remember to Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks
logoDaylight saving time begins Sunday, March 14. 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. If you haven’t created a stockpile yet, now is the time to create one! Although the start of daylight time serves as a good reminder, this information is good year-round; you don't have to wait for the clock change to update your stockpile.

APHA is part of emergency preparedness summit
The annual Public Health Preparedness Summit offered a variety of interactive sessions, skills-building workshops, sharing sessions and poster presentations that focused on building collaborations at the local, state, tribal and national level. Keynote speakers included HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CDC Director Thomas R. Freiden, who shared the achievements of our nation’s public health preparedness efforts and offered a glimpse into the challenges that lie ahead. About 1,800 attendees participated in this successful three-day summit. The hundreds of interactive sessions included studies and insights on the importance of using social media, the lessons learned from the H1N1 pandemic and best practices on targeting the vulnerable populations. If you missed any of the live tweeting or updates provided by the Get Ready and summit Twitter teams, a recap of the sessions and keynote speakers can be found on the summit blog:

catPlan now to protect your pets
If there were a disaster, would you know what to do for your pets? If you have a furry, feathered or scaled family member, it’s important to have a plan and supplies ready in case an emergency occurs. Read our new Q&A with Scotlund Haisley, senior director of emergency services for the Humane Society of the United States, for tips on pet preparedness, and check out the free Get Ready pet preparedness fact sheet (PDF) for more info.

Get Ready Scholarship announced
The American Public Health Association is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Get Ready Scholarship. The scholarship is a component of APHA’s Get Ready campaign, which works to help Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all health hazards and disasters, including pandemic flu scholarshipand infectious disease. The $500 Get Ready Scholarship is designed to encourage students to focus on the importance of emergency preparedness. The scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors, college students and graduate students. However, high school entries are now closed, as numbers already reached full capacity. The winner of the scholarship will be determined through an essay contest on emergency preparedness. The Get Ready Scholarship is now open for submissions. To learn more about the scholarship and the essay criteria, visit

Learn more about blizzard preparedness
This has been a harsh winter for many regions across the United States. Record levels of snowfall disrupted routines and caused many to be housebound. With several more weeks of winter, be prepared in the event of another blizzard by checking out our fact sheet on winter preparedness (PDF). This information is available in both English and Spanish. The American Red Cross also provides further guidance on how to prepare for a winter storm.

Update on flu activity available
Flu season is still upon us. To learn more about flu activity across the country, check out “FluView,” the most recent monitoring of the situation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2009 H1N1 vaccination is now widely available and it is not too late to get inoculated. CDC is encouraging anyone who wants to protect themselves against H1N1 to get vaccinated, including people 65 years and older. To find a flu clinic near you, visit here.

Help with disaster relief in Haiti, Chile
Recovery efforts from the 7.0 earthquake devastation in Haiti are still ongoing and public health concerns in the region remain. Officials are also now responding to this weekend's temblor in Chile and assessing its public health implications. Learn more on how you can help by visiting APHA's Web site.

Get Your free CD with Get Ready materials now
cdPlanning a health fair or Get Ready Day or just want to spread the word about being prepared to your community or co-workers? APHA’s Get Ready campaign has a handy tip: For a limited time, we’re offering free CDs containing Get Ready preparedness materials. The CDs, which were created in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contain materials that can be used to promote preparedness in your community, including fact sheets, games for kids, an event planner, logos and more.

Order a single CD for your personal use, or a few dozen copies to share with workers in your health department or organization. If you are hosting a large event, consider saving trees by offering the CD as a "greener" giveaway. To order, send an e-mail to Let us know how many copies of the CD you would like — large quantities are available — and give us your name, address and phone number. For more information, call 202-777-2432. This free offer won’t last long, so order your Get Ready CDs today!

Contact us
Tell us! Send your comments, questions, suggestions and ideas or call 202-777-2742.

Return to the Get Ready Now! newsletter home page

To sign up to receive the Get Ready Now! newsletter for free via e-mail, e-mail us.