APHA Get Ready Report Podcasts

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Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 36: “Winter weather and mass transit: Tips for a safe commute"
Released: March 12, 2014 Running time: 11:19

Description: In this episode, the Get Ready team interviews Caroline Laurin, manager of media relations and deputy chief spokesperson for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, also known as WMATA. She talks about the importance of being prepared for unexpected subway or bus delays when commuting to work or school, especially in the colder winter months. She is interviewed by Get Ready team member Nathan Bhatti.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 35: “Get your emergency stockpile ready"
Released: March 6, 2014 Running time: 7:17

Description: In this episode, the Get Ready team interviews Cheryl Kravitz, director of communication at the American Red Cross, National Capital Region, on the importance of having an emergency stockpile. Kravitz, who is interviewed by Get Ready team member Lavanya Gupta, shares tips on what to put in your stockpile and how often to update it.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 34: “Family communication during an emergency"
Released: Dec. 16, 2013 Running time: 15:45

Description: In this episode, the Get Ready team interviews Jeffrey Mitchell, PhD, clinical professor of emergency health services at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and co-founder of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He talks about the importance of establishing a simple and effective family communication plan that includes backup plans in case things don’t go as expected during an emergency. Mitchell is interviewed by Get Ready team member Lavanya Gupta.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 33: “Global Hand-Washing Day"
Released: Oct. 9, 2013 Running time: 18:22

Description: In this episode, the Get Ready team interviews Alfonso Contreras, regional advisor for health promotion at the Pan American Health Organization, which is the regional office of the World Health Organization for the Americas. He discusses the importance of regular hand-washing with soap and Global Hand-Washing Day, which is celebrated annually on Oct 15. Contreras is interviewed by Get Ready team member Lavanya Gupta.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 32: “Immunization awareness"
Released: Sept. 9, 2013 Running time: 8:49

Description: In this episode, the Get Ready team interviews Bruce Gellin, director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the important role immunizations play. Gellin is interviewed by Get Ready team member Daniel Greenberg.  

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 31: “Travel safety"
Released: July 12, 2013 Running time: 20:47

Description: In this episode, we interview Mike MacNair, president and CEO of MacNair Travel Management. He offers his knowledge of the travel industry to shed light on ways travelers can prepare for emergencies before and during their trips. MacNair is interviewed by Get Ready team member Lavanya Gupta.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 30: “How to prepare for a hurricane"
Released: June 6, 2013 Running time: 9:02

Description: This episode features James Franklin, branch chief, and Dennis Feltgen, public affairs officer, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center. They are interviewed by Dan Greenberg, APHA’s communications specialist.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 29: "Mental health and emergencies"
Released: May, 7, 2013 Running time: 19:27

Description: In this episode, we speak 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. Motta is interviewed by Get Ready team member Nathan Bhatti.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 28: "Winter 2013: Flu news you can use"
Released: Jan. 14, 2013 Running time: 14:40

Description: In this episode, we speak with Michael Jhung, MD, MPH, MS, a Medical Officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He provides an update for the 2012-2013 flu season, answers general questions about influenza, and encourages people to get their flu shots if they haven't already. Jhung is interviewed by Michelle Holshue, RN.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 27: “Digital disaster preparedness”
Released: Dec. 17, 2012 Running time: 16:12

Description: In this episode, we speak with Amy Donahue, MLIS, AHIP, the User Education & Reference Librarian at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She offers tips on using technology to help you prepare for an emergency, as well as advice about getting your tech gear disaster-ready. Amy is interviewed by Michelle Holshue, RN.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 26: “How to stay safe in hot weather”
Released: May 22, 2012 Running time: 9:47

Description: In this episode, Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN, speaks with The Nation's Health Reporter Teddi Dineley Johnson about heat-related illnesses. Degutis, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers tips for staying safe in hot weather and describes the warning signs of heat-related illnesses.

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Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 25: “Tips for creating a useful first-aid kit”
Released: March 7, 2012. Running time: 21:14

Description: What should you put in your first-aid kit? Richard Bradley, MD, a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, provides tips on what you need to have on hand for an emergency.

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Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 24: “Preparing for disasters: Information for people with disabilities."
Released: Feb. 22, 2012.
Running time, part 1: 12:53; Running time, part 2: 11:53

Description: In this episode, Danielle Bailey, MPH, research assistant at the Oregon Office on Disability & Health, speaks about disaster preparedness for people living with disabilites. Bailey offers tips on sheltering in place, preparing a disaster kit, dealing with power and communication service outages and more.

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Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 23: "Flu Near You"
Released: Feb. 15, 2012.
Running time, part 1: 5:06; Running time, part 2: 4:53

Description: Michelle Holshue, RN, APHA's Flu Near You fellow, discusses the new Flu Near You tracking tool. In part 2, Holshue discusses the Flu Near You Challenge for APHA members and offers tips to recruit new users into the system.

Part 1: “Flu Near You - Bringing the public into public health surveillance"

Part 2: “Flu Near You Challenge"

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 22: “Workplace preparedness: Protecting your employees — and your bottom line — during emergencies"
Released: Dec. 19, 2011. Running time: 16:54

Description: Bob Boyd, president and CEO of Agility Recovery in Charlotte, N.C.. — a company that develops workplace disaster preparedness plans — provides the Get Ready campaign with information to help business owners, managers and employees prepare for emergencies.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 21: “Preparation is key to keeping older adults safe, healthy during emergencies"
Released: July 13, 2011. Running time: 12:53

Description: Jim Judge, EMT-P, CEM, a member of the American Red Cross’ Scientific Advisory Council and chair of the organization’s Disaster Health Subcommittee, provides information on pointers on how to help seniors and caregivers prepare for emergencies.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 20: “Plan ahead to keep safe, warm and healthy in cold weather"
Released: March 1, 2011. Running time: 13:08

Description: John Lindsay, a member of the American Red Cross’ Scientific Advisory Council and an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies at Brandon University in Monitoba, Canada, provides advice on preparing for cold weather.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 19: “It takes more than duct tape to prepare for emergencies: Preparedness tips from the Maine Public Health Association"
Released: March 1, 2011. Running time: 8:20

Description: Tina Pettingill, executive director of the Maine Public Health Association, speaks about the the launch of their Association's newpreparedness campaign, GetMEReady.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 18: “Preventing pneumococcal illness: Vaccines can prevent disease in all age groups"
Released: March 1, 2011. Running time: 14:27

Description: William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and co-chair of the Pneumococcal Disease Advisory Board within the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, speaks about the importance of vaccines in preventing pneumococcal disease.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 17: “Food drives: How your local community can address hunger — and be better prepared for emergencies"
Released: Dec. 15, 2010. Running time: 11:03

Description: Molly McGlinchy, food resources coordinater for the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., provides tips for holding a successful food drive.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 16: “Proper hand-washing keeps day care kids healthier"
Released: Dec. 15, 2010. Running time: 9:59

Description: Bobette Thompson, president of the National Association of Child Care Professionals, discusses the importance of hand-washing in day care settings.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 15: “Sheltering in place during an emergency"
Released: Aug. 3, 2010. Running time: 10:02

Description: Darryl J. Madden, director of the federal Ready Campaign, provides tips on what to do when authorities tell you to stay at home, work, school or other locations during an emergency.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 14: “Preparedness across the nation: Kansas Public Health Association helps residents get ready”
Released: April 30, 2010. Running time: 12:56

Description: Elaine Schwartz, executive director of the Kansas Public Health Association, discusses her association’s involvement in the Get Ready campaign.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 13: “How to protect your pets during a disaster"
Released: Feb. 26, 2010. Running time: 12:06

Description: Scotlund Haisley, senior director of emergency services for the Humane Society of the United States, provides essential information about preparing pets for an emergency.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 12: “Surviving a disaster: Controlling our fears, part 2"
Released: Sept. 11, 2009. Running time: 6:35

Description: In part 2 of this Get Ready podcast, Time Magazine writer Amanda Ripley, author of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why discusses how people behave during disasters and what we can do to increase our odds of surviving. Part 1 of this interview is also available as a podcast

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 11: “Surviving a disaster: Controlling our fears, part 1"
Released: Sept. 11, 2009. Running time: 8:55

Description: In part 1 of this Get Ready podcast, Time Magazine writer Amanda Ripley, author of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why discusses how people behave during disasters and what we can do to increase our odds of surviving. Part 2 of this interview is also available as a podcast.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 10: “Zoonotic diseases, part 2"
Released: July 10, 2009. Running time: 9:51

Description: Lonnie King, DVM, director of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an overview of zoonotic diseases and discusses ways to prevent contamination. Part 1 of this interview is also available as a podcast and a transcript.

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Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 9: “Preparedness across the nation: Idaho Public Health Association helps residents get ready”
Released: July 1, 2009. Running time: 14:03

Description: Mary Ann Reuter, executive director of the Idaho Public Health Association, demonstrates how a small volunteer-driven affiliate association can make a difference in getting the word out about preparedness in a low-cost community-oriented way.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 8: “Zoonotic diseases, part 1"
Released: Friday, May 22, 2009. Running time: 9:39

Description: Lonnie King, DVM, director of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an overview of zoonotic diseases and discusses ways to prevent contamination. Part 2 of this interview is also available as a podcast and a transcript.

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Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 7: “Get Ready campaign expands to all-hazards focus"
Released: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. Running time: 11:05

Description: APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), discusses the Get Ready campaign's transformation to a campaign that educates Americans on all hazards and disasters.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 6: “Healthy stockpiling tips"
Released: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008. Running time: 17:46

Description: Recommendations as to what should be in a healthy emergency stockpile.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 5: “Preparedness across the nation: Massachusetts Public Health Association addresses pandemic flu”
Released: Wednesday, July 24, 2007. Running time: 4:13

Description: Geoff Wilkinson, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, discusses the organization’s work on pandemic preparedness.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 4: “For pandemic flu prevention, the best advice may be ‘rub-a-dub-dub.’”
Released: Tuesday, June 19, 2007. Running time: 3:48

Description: Handwashing is a quick and easy way to fight the flu.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 3: “Seasonal flu”
Released: Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Running time: 19:30

Description: This episode provides details about the risk factors concerning seasonal flu. APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin MD, FACP, FACEP (E), explores the specifics of seasonal flu and prevention methods and provides recommendations on how to avoid the flu.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 2: “Get Ready, part 2”
Released: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2006. Running time: 16:19

Description: APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin MD, FACP, FACEP (E), discusses the specific resources provided by APHA and state and regional public health associations that are affiliated with APHA. He also explains why APHA should be the organization Americans choose to learn about pandemic flu.

Get Ready Report Podcast, episode 1: “Get Ready, part 1”
Released: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. Running time: 10:32

Description: This episode is an interview featuring APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin MD, FACP, FACEP (E), concerning APHA's role in preparing America for pandemic flu through the Association's Get Ready campaign.

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