Emergency Preparedness & Response
Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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June 16, 2017
- An influenza pandemic is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus. Because a flu pandemic is unpredictable, it can occur at any time.
- Over the last 100 years, only 4 flu pandemics have occurred, but they resulted in close to 1 million deaths in the United States.
- Public health professionals can use CDC’s updated Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza–United States, 2017 to prepare now for a flu pandemic.
June 2, 2017
- Many of public health’s biggest successes rely heavily on law.
- Legal interventions play a vital role in addressing emerging public health threats, such as healthcare quality, emergency preparedness, and prescription drug overdoses.
- CDC’s Public Health Law Program can provide training, guidance and information on these topics and others.
July 31, 2015
- Public health laboratory scientists are critical to identifying, tracking, and limiting [PDF-6.5MB] public health threats: from detecting toxins in water sources to helping stem the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
- Public health labs face challenges in maintaining and enhancing the workforce [PDF-2.3MB], as they confront significant staff losses and limited capacity to train workers.
- Laboratory scientists, leaders, and trainers can adopt and implement recently published competency guidelines [PDF-1.4MB] to strengthen their workforce.
December 14, 2012
- Global Disease Detection (GDD) Regional Centers help host countries build on-the-ground capacity to detect deadly outbreaks in accordance with International Health Regulations.
- GDD Regional Centers supported 242 outbreak responses [PDF-5.6MB] across 20 countries in five continents last year, most within a span of 24 hours.
- CDC’s global health videos highlight our work with partners around the world to control health threats and protect the health of Americans at home and abroad.
September 14, 2012
- Older adults are at greater risk for illness and death [PDF-354KB] during an emergency.
- During National Preparedness Month, states and communities can review their emergency preparedness plans to ensure they meet the needs of vulnerable older adults.
- New CDC resources are available that can assist states and communities in planning for the needs of the elderly.
August 12, 2011
- An estimated 240,000 water main breaks occur each year in the United States, many of which result in boil water advisories to ensure safe drinking water.
- The newly released Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox can help you plan for, develop, implement, and evaluate drinking water advisories.
- Water advisories also impact hospitals and health care facilities. See CDC’s guidance for health care facilities to maintain continued operations in the event of a water advisory.
July 1, 2011
- Up to six major hurricanes are predicted for 2011: get prepared and be informed.
- Only 44% of American households have an emergency plan; health departments play a role in providing localized emergency response resources.
- Social media can reach millions to share timely and credible preparedness information.
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- Page last updated: June 16, 2017
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