A Shared Approach to Preventing Opioid Overdoses

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unique challenges to most Americans, but the pressures experienced by some people who use drugs have been particularly severe. Provisional data indicate that opioid overdoses have increased during the pandemic, but preventing overdose is possible. There are specific actions that we can take to save lives. Spot the signs of […]

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Farm Animal Emergency Preparedness

One type of pet does not fit all. Not everyone is a dog or a cat person. Many people choose to raise farm animals. Raising farm animals can bring lots of joy and is a great learning opportunity for families. However, they can have special needs when it comes to preparing for emergencies. Their owners […]

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Must-Haves for Your First-Aid Kit

First-aid kits are nothing new. They go back over 100 years to when, as the story goes, Robert Wood Johnson debuted the first-aid cabinet in 1888.(1) First-aid kits have changed over the years, but they are as useful as ever. They make it possible for ordinary people to be the help until professional help arrives. […]

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Volunteers Prepare for Another Season of Disaster Response, Relief Work

American Red Cross volunteer Gaenor Speed cares for a dog displaced by the Oregon wildfires in September 2020. (Photo: American Red Cross) 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 […]

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Treating TB During an Emergency

March 24 is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. World TB Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of TB in the United States and around the world. Tuberculous (TB) has had several names over many millennia. Ancient Greeks called it “phthisis.” Ancient Romans named it “tabes.” TB was commonly called “consumption” in […]

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Other Diseases Did Not Rest During COVID-19

The COVID-19 response is the largest and longest in CDC history. But the virus that causes COVID-19 wasn’t the only infectious disease that CDC responded to last year. Diseases like those caused by the Marburg virus and antibiotic-resistant bacteria didn’t go away because of the pandemic. The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases […]

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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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