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  • Frozen Without a Plan: A Mom, 3 Kids, and the Atlanta Ice Storm

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    2 Sep 2015 | 8:12 am
    It was 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in January, and Kelly had been on the road for four hours. She was only a few miles from work, but many miles from home. Her rearview mirror showed a backseat full of children – 5-year-old Savannah, and her 9-month-old twins Caden and Kylie. She had left work at noon, the time when most Georgians got on the road at the start of a winter storm in the Atlanta metro area. Kelly, a kindergarten teacher at the same school her children attended, had quickly loaded her kids into the car and hit the road for home. Where they sat. And sat. And sat. Kelly’s mind raced –…
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  • Frozen Without a Plan: A Mom, 3 Kids, and the Atlanta Ice Storm

    Blog Administrator
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:12 am
    It was 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in January, and Kelly had been on the road for four hours. She was only a few miles from work, but many miles from home. Her rearview mirror showed a backseat full of children – 5-year-old Savannah, and her 9-month-old twins Caden and Kylie. She had left work at noon, the time when most Georgians got on the road at the start of a winter storm in the Atlanta metro area. Kelly, a kindergarten teacher at the same school her children attended, had quickly loaded her kids into the car and hit the road for home. Where they sat. And sat. And sat. Kelly’s mind raced –…
  • Emergency Response 10 Years After Katrina

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    28 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    In 2005, in the face of one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history, Dr. Dan Sosin was called upon as a member of the United States Public Health Service to deploy to Louisiana and provide support to the state’s emergency response. Amidst the chaos and devastation from Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Sosin traveled to the state emergency operation center in Baton Rouge to serve as the emergency response liaison between the state Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 and the federal ESF-8 response. Dan Sosin, MD, MPH, FACP, Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer for CDC’s Office of Public…
  • Back to School–Be Prepared!

    Blog Administrator
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    As school supplies are packed in backpacks, school bus schedules are double-checked, and the finishing touches are put on your kids first day of school outfit, make sure your emergency plans are in place. Did you know that emergency preparedness plays a major role in school life? Throughout the year, schools actively prepare for natural disasters, outbreaks, and other emergency situations. Students and parents need to be aware and learn what to do during an emergency. From school supply shopping to re-acclimating your kids to that early morning routine, there is a lot of preparing that goes…
  • Unveiling the Burden of Dengue in Africa

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    28 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    By Tyler M. Sharp  Ph.D. (LCDR,USPHS) Most travelers to Africa know to protect themselves from malaria. But malaria is far from the only mosquito-borne disease in Africa. Recent studies have revealed that dengue, a disease that is well recognized in Asia and the Americas, may be commonly misdiagnosed as malaria in Africa. So if you’re traveling to Africa, in addition to taking anti-malarial medications you should also take steps to avoid dengue. Dengue is a mosquito-transmitted illness that is recognized as a common illness throughout Southeast Asia and much of the Americas. In fact, a…
  • Getting there Safely—Avoid Driving Disasters

    Blog Administrator
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    From weekend getaways to cross-country road trips, people spend countless hours driving each year. Despite the confidence you may feel behind the wheel, there are some situations where driving is not a safe option for anyone. The weather can cause especially dangerous driving conditions, often putting a driver and their passengers in unexpected and risky situations. As you plan your summer travel, be informed and be prepared. Keeping an emergency kit in your car is the best way to prepare for any type of emergency on the road.  Include items like a first aid kit, jumper cables, tools (like a…
 
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