Stay Informed: How Scales Help Us Describe Disasters

Last year’s Atlantic hurricane season was record-breaking. There were 30 named storms during the 2020 season. Thirteen of those became hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or greater). Six of those reached Category 3 or higher.(1) Hurricanes are categorized using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Other scales are used by experts to explain and describe […]

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Threats Unseen: Beware of Norovirus During an Emergency

Natural disasters are unpredictable. Often, we don’t know when or where they will happen or if we will have to leave our homes because of them. Evacuations for hurricanes and wildfires can force people into emergency shelters, where close quarters, shared spaces, and high-touch surfaces can make it easy for norovirus to spread. Norovirus outbreaks […]

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Places Please: Get Better Prepared by Getting Organized

January is Get Organized Month. A new year is a popular time to make resolutions, like to get more exercise or quit tobacco. Another common one is to get organized. Getting organized can help you prepare for emergencies and stay calm in stressful and time-sensitive situations, like an evacuation. Here are a few ways to […]

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In Case You Missed It: Top Posts of 2020

Most of us were ready to say goodbye and even good riddance to 2020. It is a year that no one will soon forget for obvious reasons, like the COVID-19 pandemic and a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, and lesser-known ones—did you know that California and Colorado experienced the largest wildfires in their states’ histories? But […]

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3 Reasons to Phone a Friend Today

December 28 is National Call a Friend Day Many people would rather send a text than make a call and it shows. Americans spend, on average, five more minutes per day texting (26 minutes) versus calling (21 minutes), by some estimates.(1) Among Americans younger than 50, sending and receiving text messages is the most used […]

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Five Good Reasons to Get a Flu Vaccine This Season

The National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. As flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Here are five reasons why you should: 1. Helps Keep You Healthy Flu can […]

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Asthma Intervention Program Provides Emotional Support to Patients

This student-authored post is published by CPR in partnership with Medill News Service and the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of CPR or CDC. Gloria Seals has for the past […]

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Seattle Seamstress Sews Homemade Masks to Support Community

This student-authored post is published by CPR in partnership with Medill News Service and the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of CPR or CDC. When Monique “Moe” Eveland posted to […]

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Living with HIV/AIDS During an Emergency

December 1 is World AIDS Day Today, an estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and an estimated 37 million people are living with HIV worldwide. In observance of World AIDS Day, we invite preparedness-minded people everywhere to unite in the fight against HIV and help people with HIV stay […]

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Chicago Community Groups Unite to Help Neighbors During Pandemic

This student-authored post is published by CPR in partnership with Medill News Service and the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of CPR or CDC. My introduction to phone banking didn’t […]

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