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CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What’s New

  • Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:00:00 -0600: Health Alert Network (HAN) No, 412 - Outbreak of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Infections among Persons Who Use Drugs and Persons Experiencing Homelessness - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments are investigating hepatitis A outbreaks in multiple states among persons reporting drug use and/or homelessness and their contacts. This Health Alert Network (HAN) Advisory alerts public health departments, healthcare facilities, and programs providing services to affected populations about these outbreaks of hepatitis A infections and provides guidance to assist in identifying and preventing new infections.
  • Thu, 07 Jun 2018 06:00:00 -0600: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 411 - Update - CDC Recommendations for Managing and Reporting Shigella Infections with Possible Reduced Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    This Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides current recommendations on management and reporting of Shigella infections that have been treated with ciprofloxacin or azithromycin and resulted in possible clinical treatment failure. This is a follow-up to HAN 401: CDC Recommendations for Diagnosing and Managing Shigella Strains with Possible Reduced Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin (
  • Sun, 03 Jun 2018 23:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - 5 Communication Lessons Learned from Hurricane Maria - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    When Category 4 Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, CDC assembled a team of experienced communicators who were flexible, bilingual, and culturally sensitive communicators. This group of experts prepared to deploy to Puerto Rico on short notice to support the communication needs of the Puerto Rico Health Department. I was asked to lead content development, and as a native Puerto Rican I did not hesitate to go home and help in any way I could.
  • Fri, 25 May 2018 10:30:00 -0600: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 410 - Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing information on: 1) the current status of a multistate outbreak of coagulopathy from exposure to synthetic cannabinoid products containing a vitamin K-dependent antagonist agent, such as brodifacoum; 2) signs and symptoms of presenting patients from this outbreak and which patients are at risk; 3) laboratory testing options that are available to help identify and classify cases; 4) available resources that may help clinicians make decisions; and 5) to whom to report possible cases.
  • Thu, 17 May 2018 09:00:00 -0600: EPIC Insider - May 17, 2018: Family Communication Plans - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Family Communication Plans
  • Tue, 08 May 2018 12:43:00 -0600: CDC Emergency Partners is now EPIC! - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    CDC's Emergency Partners has recently undergone some exciting changes and as our priorities have evolved, so has our name. We are EPIC- Emergency Partners Information Connection ( Our new name reflects our goal of sharing information with and through partners to help people stay safer and healthier during a public health emergency. We hope you'll enjoy the new look of our newsletters and join us for upcoming webinars, including our webinar on May 22, Travelers' Health, Summer, 2018 (
  • Mon, 07 May 2018 08:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - 4 Tips to Stay Healthy Around Your Pet - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Pets, whether covered in fur, feathers, or scales, are an important part of our lives-most American households own at least one pet. Many people see their pet as a member of the family that brings joy and amusement to their life. But did you know that having a pet can even help improve your health? Having a pet can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and feelings of loneliness. Pets can also encourage you to be active and get outside, and provide opportunities to socialize.
  • Fri, 04 May 2018 14:39:00 -0600: Travelers' Health Webinar on May 22 at 1 PM ET - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Please join us online on May 22, 2018, at 1 PM ET for a webinar on traveler safety. CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine is joining the CDC EPIC team to explain how to prepare for the summer travel season, including diseases to look out for in different parts of the world, suggested vaccinations, and other health considerations.
  • Tue, 01 May 2018 08:00:00 -0600: CERC Webinar TODAY at 2PM ET - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Don't keep this great resource to yourself! Please share it with your colleagues and networks. If you would like more information on Emergency Preparedness and Response, visit CDC's Emergency Preparedness & Response website:
  • Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:35:00 -0600: CERC Webinar TOMORROW at 2PM EST - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Join us on May 1, 2018, 2:00-3:00 PM EST for the "Introduction to CERC" webinar.
  • Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - Raising Awareness to Prevent Prescription Opioid Overdoses - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    In 2016, 115 Americans died every day from an opioid overdose - that is more than 42,000 drug overdose deaths that involved an opioid including prescription opioids, heroin, and/or illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Prescription opioids (like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine) are prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but have serious risks and side effects.
  • Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - Moving the Dial on Preparedness: CDC's 2018 National Snapshot - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Every year, CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response publishes the Public Health Preparedness and Response National Snapshot, an annual report that highlights the work of CDC and our partners. No matter the type, size, or cause of a public health emergency, we must work together to respond to the best of our ability.
  • Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - Evaluating Communication Campaigns - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Health communication and marketing campaigns that promote positive behavior change are a cornerstone of public health and behavioral science. Designing and implementing quality campaigns on a tight budget and in an urgent timeframe is a challenge that most health communication professionals share. Research and evaluation are critical for a successful campaign. CDC is using leading research and evaluation methods to develop quality campaigns, while keeping costs low and sticking to tight timelines.
  • Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:57:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - Assessing Community Needs in Real-time - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    What if there was a way to evaluate the needs of a community after a natural disaster? Or understand a community's attitudes and beliefs about a specific public health behavior? Enter CASPER: Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response, a tool for health departments and public health professionals to assess community needs in real-time.
  • Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - 7 Ways to 'Be Gutsy' this March! - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Let's face it: your colon isn't exactly a dinner party topic. It takes a lot of guts to bring up colorectal cancer-to your parents, your spouse, your doctor, your friends. Don't be afraid to pipe up about the second-leading cancer killer of both men and women, because it's proven that simple steps save lives.
  • Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - Shouting in the Dark: Emergency Communication in USVI After Irma and Maria - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Communication experts often say, "When you're communicating during an emergency, always think about what you'd say to your mom. What information would she need the most? How would you explain it to her? What would you need to know for sure before you told her? And just how far would you go to reach her?" When Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) in September 2017, this wasn't just advice for Nykole Tyson. Nykole is the USVI Department of Health's (DOH's) Director of Public Relations. She serves as the DOH spokesperson and emergency communicator. Like all of USVI's responders and government officials, she is a survivor who was impacted by the storms. Nykole's home had water and roof damage and she was without water or power for four months. "I caught rain water in barrels and used solar lights sent to me by friends living stateside," Nykole said. She lived on a cot in her office in the DOH for several weeks between and after both storms. . The storms destroyed most of the territory's communication infrastructure, making both personal and mass communication nearly impossible. Nykole was unable to reach her own family for four days after the second hurricane. However, within hours of both storms, she was on the radio talking to her community about how to stay safe, find shelter, and stay strong. Nykole wasn't just talking to the public, she was talking to her neighbors, her community, her family, and even her mom.
  • Mon, 05 Mar 2018 01:00:00 -0700: Public Health Matters Blog - Tackling eHealth Literacy - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    As I waited in the exam room on a recent visit to my doctor's office, I noticed there was a large wall display with an interactive screen. It resembled a smartphone and I could use the touchscreen to scroll and learn about various conditions, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and colon health. Each menu included signs and symptoms of illness, and information on diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. The designs were bright, jargon was kept to a minimum and defined when used, and navigating was simple for routine smartphone users. The display also included short videos supporting the on-screen text. "Great!" I thought, "But what about patients who don't have strong English skills or those who don't feel confident engaging with the display? How do they get the information if they don't directly ask for it?"
  • Thu, 01 Mar 2018 01:00:00 -0700: Upcoming COCA Call: March 13, 2018: Coordinating Clinical and Public Health Responses to Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    The nonmedical use of prescription opioids and illicit opioids causes significant morbidity in the United States. The latest data indicate that rates of overdoses treated in emergency departments are rising across all regions and require a coordinated response between public health, clinicians, public safety, and community organizations. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about the increases in opioid-related morbidity and steps clinicians can take in advancing protocols to reverse these trends.
  • Mon, 04 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0700: Public Health Matters Blog - Norovirus Illness is Messy - Clean Up Right Away - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    When norovirus strikes in your own home, you can be prepared by having the supplies you need to immediately clean up after a loved one vomits or has diarrhea. Norovirus is a tiny germ that spreads quickly and easily. It causes vomiting and diarrhea that come on suddenly. A very small amount of norovirus can make you sick. The number of virus particles that fit on the head of a pin is enough to infect over 1,000 people.
  • Tue, 28 Nov 2017 01:00:00 -0700: Public Health Matters Blog - Rural America in Crisis: The Changing Opioid Overdose Epidemic - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    In America, 15 out of 100 people live in a rural area. I loved growing up in a rural community, where there were actually no stop lights, everyone knew their neighbors, and doors were always open. But, my years of working in public health has taught me rural areas are not that different from urban areas when it comes to the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic. The rate of drug overdose deaths in rural areas has surpassed rates in urban areas, and it is a huge public health concern. Understanding how rural areas are different when it comes to drug use and drug overdose deaths, including opioids, can help public health professionals identify, monitor, and prioritize their response to this epidemic.
  • Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:00:00 -0700: Public Health Matters Blog - ABCs of Viral Hepatitis - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Viral hepatitis is the term that describes inflammation of the liver that is caused by a virus. There are actually five types of hepatitis viruses; each one is named after a letter in the alphabet: A, B, C, D and E. The most common types of viral hepatitis are A, B and C. These three viruses affect millions of people worldwide, causing both short-term illness and long-term liver disease. The World Health Organization estimates 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C. In 2015, 1.34 million died from viral hepatitis, a number that is almost equal to the number of deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV combined.
  • Mon, 13 Nov 2017 01:00:00 -0700: Public Health Matters Blog - Preparing to quit: 10 tips to help you quit smoking - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Each year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit during the Great American Smokeout. Most people who smoke want to quit, but they also know quitting is can take several attempts to succeed.
  • Mon, 06 Nov 2017 01:00:00 -0700: Public Health Matters Blog - Everyone can be a flu vaccine advocate! - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    With the holidays quickly approaching, there will be more opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Now is the time to ensure that you and those around you are protected from flu. Now is the time to get your seasonal flu vaccine if you haven't already gotten it. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.-so it's important to get vaccinated now, before the flu begins circulating in your community.
  • Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - Loving Someone With Epilepsy - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    When Zayan first told me that he has epilepsy, I didn't believe him. "You mean seizures, right?" I was embarrassed at how much I didn't know. Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain that triggers recurrent seizures. It can be caused by different conditions that affect a person's brain. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy when they have had two or more seizures that are not caused by another medical condition such as a high fever or low blood sugar.
  • Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - Partner, Train, Respond: Increasing Global Emergency Management Capacity - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Countries in Africa are no strangers to major disease outbreaks that can result in illness and death of millions of people. In the past two years alone the continent has experienced infectious disease outbreaks of cholera, meningitis, Ebola Virus Disease, Lassa fever, and Yellow fever, and other public health emergencies such as drought and famine.
  • Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - Halloween Rules of the Road - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Halloween is an exciting time for kids and adults - the delight of dressing up in a fun costume, all of the spooky decorations, and of course let's not forget the candy. Traditionally, kids trick-or-treat at night - going house-to-house in their costumes. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Children are at Trick-or-Treat Checklist: first aid kit, warm clothes, water, cell phone, emergency contact card, trick-or-treat route, reflective strips or tape, well-fitting costume, comfy shoes, flashlight or glow sticks, trick-or-treat baggreater risk of injury than adults because they are small, have trouble judging distances and speeds, and have little to no experience with traffic rules.
  • Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:30:00 -0600: New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 408 - Advice for Providers Treating Patients in or Recently Returned from Hurricane-Affected Areas, Including Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with federal, state, territorial, and local agencies and global health partners in response to recent hurricanes. CDC is aware of media reports and anecdotal accounts of various infectious diseases in hurricane-affected areas, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Because of compromised drinking water and decreased access to safe water, food, and shelter, the conditions for outbreaks of infectious diseases exist. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to remind clinicians assessing patients currently in or recently returned from hurricane-affected areas to be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, vibriosis, and influenza. Additionally, this Advisory provides guidance to state and territorial health departments on enhanced disease reporting.
  • Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:30:00 -0600: New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 407 - Rifampin/Penicillin-Resistant Strain of RB51 Brucella Contracted from Consumption of Raw Milk - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    The Texas Department of State Health Services, with assistance from CDC, is investigating Brucella RB51 exposures and illnesses that may be connected to the purchase and consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk from K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas. Symptoms of brucellosis can include: fever, sweats, malaise, anorexia, headache, fatigue, muscle & joint pain, and potentially more serious complications (e.g., swelling of heart, liver, or spleen, neurologic symptoms).
  • Sat, 09 Sep 2017 16:30:00 -0600: New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 406 - Hurricane Harvey-Clinical Guidance for Carbon - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can cause sudden illness and death if present in sufficient concentration in the ambient air. During a significant power outage, persons using alternative fuel or power sources such as generators or gasoline powered engine tools such as pressure washers might be exposed to toxic CO levels if the fuel or power sources are placed inside or too close to the exterior of the building causing CO to build up in the structure. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to remind clinicians evaluating persons affected by the storm to maintain a high index of suspicion for CO poisoning.
  • Tue, 05 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0600: Public Health Matters Blog - Empowering Kids to Make Their Families Safer - CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: What's New
    After graduating from college I moved to Anchorage, Alaska for a year of post-graduate service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW and AmeriCorps. I served as the Preparedness and Casework Specialist for the American Red Cross of Alaska. Though often overlooked, Alaska is the largest state in the country (more than twice as big as Texas!) and has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined. While a large portion of the population lives in Anchorage, dozens of Native Alaskan villages are scattered all across the state, often hundreds of miles apart.

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises. Since 1997, he has provided guidance, authentic government survival history, and commentary on why we all need to get ready for that fateful day in the future, when we have to get our hands dirty and step in to save the day. He is an award winning videographer (2005 Telly Award), has received state and national scholarly recognition (2006 New Century Scholar and All USA Academic Team), and is a natural with computers, technology, gadgets, small furry mammals, and anything on wheels. Rich likes making friends, solving problems, and creating solutions to everyday issues. He doesn't mind mixing things up, when there is a teaching moment ready to happen. As a constitutional conservative, he's staying quite busy these days. The SurvivalRing Radio Show at will be coming back SOON!

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