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Get Ready Now!: Winter 2011 issue

Remember to set your clocks and check your stocks on March 13!
Clock ImageDaylight saving time begins March 13. Is your stockpile ready? APHA’s biannual Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign reminds you to check your emergency stockpiles when you change your clocks for daylight saving time. If you haven’t created a stockpile yet, now is the time to create one! Check out the numerous free materials and tips offered in both English and Spanish on the importance of stockpiling. Don’t forget to stockpile for our four-legged friends as well with APHA’s pet stockpiling fact sheet. Make sure you and your loved ones are prepared. 

Teach your children about preparedness with the Get Ready Kids’ Fun Site
The Get Ready Kids’ Fun Site offers a variety of materials, games and activities that can teach children about the importance of emergency preparedness in a fun way. Teach your kids tips that will help them stay healthy through the Kids’ Guide to preventing flu. One of the best ways to stay healthy is to wash your hands. Getting plenty of sleep at night and exercising are also good ways to stay healthy. In addition to the kids’ guide, you can download games and puzzles. Or review the Family Stockpile Checklist with your little ones.

Hand washing fact sheets are now available in both English and Español!
APHA’s Get Ready campaign offers free hand-washing fact sheets and materials geared for parents, caretakers, the general public, children and more. Check out the many resources APHA’s Get Ready campaign has available on proper hand-washing, one of the proven best ways to stay healthy and avoid the common cold. All of the hand-washing materials are also available in Spanish.

Get ready for school with $500 from APHA
Get Ready ScholarshipAttention all high schoolers, college and graduate students: To raise awareness about emergency preparedness, APHA is offering its third annual Get Ready Scholarship. Six scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to two high school students, two college undergraduate students and two graduate students who write the best essays on preparedness. Winning students will also receive a one-year membership in APHA. To learn more, visit the scholarship website or contact Pooja Bhandari at pooja.bhandari@apha.org. The deadline is March 28, or when each submission level has received 300 essays.

Affiliates take part in Get Ready activities 
Some of APHA’s state and regional affiliated public health associations have been busy engaging their communities on preparedness in recent months. The Oklahoma Public Health Association conducted a community-based training program for the Continuity of Operations Planning. Additionally, OPHA received grant funding for a pilot project to expand and improve pandemic flu education and planning in the Ardmore, Okla., which will lead to new engagement in that community.

In addition, the New York State Public Health Association hosted pandemic flu booths at its annual meeting. The APHA Affiliate also distributed legislative newsletters that address pandemic flu and encourage action to protect the health of New York residents.

Executive director, Tina Pettingill, of the Maine Public Health Association speaks about the launch of their Association’s new preparedness campaign, GetMEReady, in recent podcast with APHA staff. Listen to her tips on emergency preparedness, and what the state of Maine is doing.

Tips for beating the cold weather
From APHA’s newspaper The Nation’s Health, check out this free tip sheet on how to keep safe and healthy in cold weather. A few preventive measures can go a long way and help keep you safe and healthy in cold weather temperatures. Frostbite is the most common injury caused by exposure to extreme cold, and children are at greatest risk because they lose heat from bodies faster and often ignore the symptoms when out having fun, playing in the snow. Know the signs to look for by reading up on this informative article, and other cold weather-related scenarios. In addition, check out the latest podcast with John Lindsay, a member of the American Red Cross’s Scientific Advisory Council and an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies at Brandon University in Monitoba, Canada, as he provides advice for preparing for cold weather. 

Q&A with infectious disease specialist William Schaffner: Preventing pneumococcal illness
Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria and if it reaches the lungs, can sometimes lead to pneumonia. The disease causes 4,800 deaths in the United States each year. Luckily, vaccination against this disease increases protection in all age groups. Read the recent Q&A with expert William Schaffner or listen to the interview as a podcast as he raises awareness of the importance of increasing protection through immunization. Although antibiotics are available for treatment, “prevention on the front end continues to be the highest goal of medicine.” Schaffner says. “I would rather prevent pneumococcal disease than treat it.”

Social media: Read our latest blog entries
APHA’s Get Ready campaign produces a weekly blog on a variety of emergency preparedness topics. New entries are posted every Friday. We encourage you to interact with our blog, send it to friends and leave us your thoughts. Check out some of our recent blog postings:
• ¡Pase la voz sobre la importancia de el lavado de manos con los nuevos folletos de la campaña Get Ready!
• Free Get Ready fact sheets spread the message about hand-washing
• Meningitis and college students: A risk you can’t overlook
• Let’s make it personal: Add your logo to Get Ready materials

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