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  • CDC’s CHEMPACK Program—The Stockpile that may protect you from a chemical attack

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    19 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    It’s a terrifying but plausible scenario. You’re in an enclosed crowded place—perhaps a subway or a mall—and a terrorist organization releases lethal quantities of a nerve agent such as sarin into the air. The gas sends your nervous system into overdrive. You begin having convulsions. EMTs rush to the scene while you go into respiratory failure. If they have nerve agent antidotes with them, you may have a greater chance of living. If they don’t, you may be more likely to die. Will you survive? Thanks to CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile CHEMPACK program, the answer is more likely…
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  • CDC’s CHEMPACK Program—The Stockpile that may protect you from a chemical attack

    Blog Administrator
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    It’s a terrifying but plausible scenario. You’re in an enclosed crowded place—perhaps a subway or a mall—and a terrorist organization releases lethal quantities of a nerve agent such as sarin into the air. The gas sends your nervous system into overdrive. You begin having convulsions. EMTs rush to the scene while you go into respiratory failure. If they have nerve agent antidotes with them, you may have a greater chance of living. If they don’t, you may be more likely to die. Will you survive? Thanks to CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile CHEMPACK program, the answer is more likely…
  • On the Track: How Games Can Help Make Us Disaster Ready

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    12 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    By Jenny Gottstein Last August, I embarked on a cross-country train trip to explore  how games might be used for disaster preparedness. In each city I met with first responders, Red Cross chapters, disaster management agencies, and community leaders. The goal was to identify ways to increase resilience through interactive games. The trip was fascinating, and exposed some core truths about our country’s relationship with disasters. Here is what I learned: 1)  The coastal cities generally feel vulnerable and unprepared.  By contrast, the states in the middle of the country feel much more…
  • 11 Winter Weather Tips : As Told by Adorable Dogs

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    5 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Don’t be stuck in the dog house by not preparing for winter weather. Whether it is avoiding frostbite or heating your home safely, make sure you know how to prepare for and handle winter weather. 1. Winter weather can be hair-raisingly unpredictable. Unusual weather can hit at any time. That’s why it is important to be prepared for all types of weather emergencies. Take actions to prepare for winter weather before a storm impacts your area. 2. Be sure to dress properly for winter weather. When temperatures drop, it is important to dress warmly, wear plenty of layers, and stay dry. Try to…
  • Mapping for Ebola: A Collaborative Effort

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    14 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    One of the difficulties faced by teams responding to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is identifying individuals and communities residing in remote areas. Existing maps of these regions either do not exist or are inadequate or outdated. This means that basic data like location of houses, buildings, villages, and roads are not easily accessible, and case finding and contact tracing can be extremely difficult. To help aid the outbreak response effort, volunteers from around the world are using an open-source online mapping platform called OpenStreetMap (OSM) to create detailed maps and…
  • CDC Ebola Training in Anniston

    Blog Administrator
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
      Making the decision to volunteer in an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in West Africa shows a lot of courage and takes support from friends, loved ones, and other healthcare workers. It also requires the knowledge and skills to safely treat very sick patients in a challenging environment. CDC understands that healthcare workers preparing to deploy to West Africa need to know the infection prevention and control principles necessary for working in an ETU. To help meet this need, CDC offers an introductory training course at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Center for…
 
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