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

Flu season off to an early start – remember to sign up for Flu Near You!
This month the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the 2012-13 flu season was off to an early start, and warned that it might be a particularly bad season based on early reports.  However, as we wrote recently on our Get Ready Blog, it’s not too late to vaccinate

Flu Near You - Take the challenge!In other flu news, APHA also announced its winners of the Flu Near You Challenge on the Get Ready Blog. As part of the challenge, APHA members helped to recruit users into Flu Near You, an easy tool that lets people send in their flu symptoms and then check a map to see if other people are getting sick around them.

Even though the Flu Near You Challenge has ended, Flu Near You is still going strong. Actually, it’s better than ever – We’ve introduced a Spanish version and launched new smartphone apps! If you’re not signed up already, visit flunearyou.org to register today. 

Winter emergency preparedness
Winter's here, and that means colder temperatures — and possible health dangers. From storm safety to flu preparation, APHA's Get Ready campaign has the info you need to make your winter a safe one. For more information, download one of our winter-themed Get Ready fact sheets:A Winter Disasterland


Public Health Newswire: Report: US vulnerable to health emergencies
In “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism,” a report co-issued by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 50 states and Washington, D.C. were measured for public health preparedness across a range of scenarios, including bioterrorist threats, serious disease outbreaks and extreme weather events.

The report praised accomplishments in public health preparedness since 2001, including vaccine manufacturing, the Strategic National Stockpile and increased surveillance, but cited four major reasons why progress has slowed.

Recipes for disaster
What would you make for dinner if an emergency knocked out power in your home for multiple days? That’s what we wanted to find out when we announced our Emergency Stockpile Recipe Contest this spring. We received lots of great recipes for meals that can be made easily without cooking or refrigeration.

Check out the winners!

Update from Get Ready Annual Meeting booth  
Calendar381GoGo.jpgThis year’s Get Ready booth at APHA’s Annual Meeting involved interactive trivia questions and handouts on the importance of emergency preparedness. Particular highlights were the fact sheets on preparedness for people living with disabilities and the catastrophe calendars promoting emergency preparedness. We distributed more than 3,000 calendars onsite, but you can still download a free PDF of our cat calendar today to share with your friends, family and colleagues!

Follow our Get Ready board on Pinterest
Do you use Pinterest? The APHA is on Pinterest, and we have a pin board dedicated to Get Ready and emergency preparedness! 

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