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Emergency Preparedness

What We Learned From the Ebola Epidemic

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

It took a coordinated response from the Department of Health and Human Services and partners around the government to fight this epidemic. Those efforts have made us better prepared than we were a year ago.

I'm With Stupid: Zombie Preparedness Isn't a Joke in Kansas

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.05.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not so sure about some people's ability to separate zombie fact from zombie fiction. The only fact that exists about zombies is that there are no such things as zombies. I thought that was the one thing we could all agree upon.

Are You Prepared For an Emergency?

Deborah Hersman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents
Deborah Hersman

September is National Preparedness Month, and now is the time to refresh your family's existing emergency plan or map one out for the first time. Waiting to act until the emergency event is occurring is really too late.

Young People on Frontlines of Humanitarian Response

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

We can no longer afford to leave young people behind. It is time to make the humanitarian system work for young people by engaging them, addressing the particular risk factors they face, and maximizing their ability to drive a local response.

'Green News Report' - August 27, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; NASA warns at least 3 ft. o...

People With Disabilities Left Behind During Katrina Tell Their Stories

Jordan Melograna | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Jordan Melograna

What you probably won't hear about very much in the coverage looking back at Katrina is the enormous impact this disaster had on people with disabilities. They, too, were disproportionately affected, but just not because of Mother Nature.

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Are You Better Prepared for Disaster?

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. | Posted 08.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

A decade later, we are aware of the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events associated with climate change. Together, we are making tremendous progress in planning for a myriad of needs these disasters create.

Great Emergency of 1967

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 08.20.2015 | Comedy
Bil Hitchcock

When a family lives across the street from one another for over 48 years, you are going to face some difficult times together, celebrate happy times together, and then you will have those dreaded times to get through together...the emergencies.

FEMA Wants People With Disabilities to Lead the Way on Emergency Preparedness

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Blahovec

For people with disabilities, being prepared is often one of the most fundamental skills necessary for coping with complicated medical problems or special needs.

Staying Calm During an Emergency Can Save Lives

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

When faced with an emergency, you are biologically created to be reactive, rather than thoughtful or critical in your thinking. As a result, panic makes you behave in an emotional manner rather than a thoughtful manner, as you react emotionally to the danger facing you.

Have an Emergency Medical Plan for Your Destination Wedding: True Horror Stories Revealed

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.24.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

When you're hosting a destination wedding someplace that most of your guests have never been, it's a good idea to have a very clear idea of what to do in case of an emergency. Preparing for something you probably won't need will give you the peace of mind.

A Call to Integrate Commercial Airline Emergency Training in Medical Education

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

I wonder why time has not been spent training me and my colleagues on something that we may all have to deal with at some point during our professional lives -- a commercial airline medical emergency.

What Happens if 911 Gets a Call and Nobody Is Talking?

Quora | Posted 05.19.2015 | Crime

The call-taker will ask the caller to make a noise or tap the phone to confirm the caller needs help. Sometimes the call might be an erroneous "butt dial" or it could be someone under duress or suffering a medical emergency that impairs speech (such as a stroke).

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Conservative County Commissioner Files Incendiary Lawsuit Against Defeated Opponent | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cherokee County Commissioner Dr. Daniel Eichenbaum and Edward Figueroa, a former police officer, used to be friendly. They were both mem...

Go Bags: Why You Need One Right Now, Especially Kids

Michelle Manning Barish | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Michelle Manning Barish

We didn't get the snowpocalypse two weeks ago, but don't curse out the officials who urged you to stock up on water and flashlights. They actually did you a favor. If you live in New York City, as I do, you should be prepared for any emergency, and the easiest way to do that is to have a plan, and a go bag.

'Green News Report' -- January 27, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hits, misses and hype in a not-so-historic Blizzard 2015!; The influenc...

Disaster Prep: Are You Ready?

Diane Passage | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Diane Passage

Let's hope none of us ever really have to use our go bags or emergency family plans, but it's always better to be safe than sorry!

How to Plot the Perfect French Exit for the Holidays

Jay Clark | Posted 02.18.2015 | Comedy
Jay Clark

Between office parties and family gatherings, you may find yourself in a similar panic-button situation this holiday season. By no means am I endorsing such disappearing acts, but it's important to be realistic about the likelihood you'll want to perform one.

3 Steps to Survive Any Extreme Weather Disaster

Thomas M. Kostigen | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Thomas M. Kostigen

There are dozens of extreme weather events the National Weather Service tracks -- from hail storms to hurricanes, thunderstorms to tornadoes, heat waves to wildfires. Preparing for each of these takes different kinds of understanding and preparation.

Resilience and the Arts

Lane Harwell | Posted 11.16.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

This National Preparedness Month, New York's arts and cultural communities continue responding to superstorm Sandy, which hit the state nearly two ye...

The 10 States That Are Least Prepared To Protect Kids During Emergencies

The Huffington Post | Elena Kaufman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents

Two years ago, the Sandy Hook school shooting reminded us that places we assume are safe, like our children's schools, can quickly become centers of t...

10 Ways To Prepare For Any Disaster, With GIFs

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green

September is National Preparedness Month and, in celebration of this annual disaster readiness campaign, we're sharing ten easy ways you and your fami...

What Can We Learn From Young Sandy Survivors?

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Shocked. Scared. Sad. This is how Oladayin Ogunsola described feeling when at age 10 Hurricane Sandy devastated her community of Far Rockaway, Queens.

Got Science? Ohio Wake-up Call on Fracking Disclosure Laws

Seth Shulman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Seth Shulman

Ohio, like many other states, has a fracking disclosure law that does more to protect company secrets than it does to protect citizens. It's a situation that clearly needs to change.

The Most Important UN Climate Initiative You Never Heard of

Thomas M. Kostigen | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Thomas M. Kostigen

Nations and communities were challenged to build programs that would reduce the loss of lives and the costs to economies and the environment. Guess what? It's working.