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Accidents and emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. Whoever you are, whatever you do or where ever you are, there is a resource that will help you prepare.

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Ready.gov is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Use their National Preparedness Month Social Media Toolkit to raise awareness and share information. Assemble a basic disaster supplies kit with Build A Kit or discuss a your plan of action with your family using Make a Plan. Ready.gov is available in multiple languages.

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance for How to Manage Your Chronic Disease During a Disaster:

Create a “go-kit” for emergencies:

  • At least one week’s worth of medical supplies and equipment
  • Contact information for health care providers and emergency contacts
  • A medication list with doses and dosing schedules
  • A list of your allergies
  • Information about any medical devices you use
  • At least a three-day supply of any foods needed to manage your condition
  • Copies of your insurance card and photo ID
  • Copies of recent lab work you might need

Source: NIH News in Health, August 2020

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    You can have access to expert advice and resources to help a family member, neighbor or bystander, if necessary, right in the palm of your hand. Tap here to download the Red Cross First Aid App or visit your App Store and search ‘Red Cross First Aid.’


      The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) offers a FREE, eight-hour, online Disaster Health Core Curriculum intended for a wide range of health professionals. The course consists of eleven, 20 – 60 minute online competencies covering various disaster health topics such as personal or family preparedness, communication, ethical and legal issues encountered in disasters, and much more.

      The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free Hazard Info Sheets for many public emergency situations. FEMA also funds community preparedness activities such as:

      First AID for Severe Trauma (FAST) is the first national STOP THE BLEED® course designed specifically for high school students, but anyone can take the course and benefit from the training.

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