Preparing for Hurricanes

Display of tax-free hurricane supplies outside a Virginia Home Depot (C) Hillary Craddock, all rights reserved

Display of tax-free hurricane supplies outside a Virginia Home Depot (C) Hillary Craddock, all rights reserved

Hurricane season officially starts for the Atlantic Coast June 1, and weather experts predict that the 2013 hurricane season will be more dangerous than normal. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts as many as 20 total named storms, which could include seven to 11 hurricanes and three to six major hurricanes. Accuweather also predicts a worse than normal hurricane season, with 16 tropical storms and eight hurricanes. They predict that four of those will be major hurricanes, and that three of those will make U.S. landfall.

So what can you do? It’s simpler than you may think – Get a kit. Make a plan. These two simple sentences have been used by everyone from the Red Cross and CDC to state and local health departments to encourage everyone to be prepared. Kits help ensure that you can either take shelter safely in your home or evacuate quickly and safely. A plan helps you care for yourself and your loved ones, even your pets and livestock. Continue reading

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Disaster Response:

The CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response has recommended the site Do 1 Thing as a good starting point for preparing yourself and your family for a disaster. Do 1 thing sends free monthly suggestions on simple ways to prepare yourself, your family, and your community, and they also offer materials in large print, audio format, braille, Spanish, Chinese, Nepali, Arabic, Swahili, Somali, and Burmese.

An article about cholera in Haiti provides a really cool look at how the health of responders is an important factor to consider in emergency management.

A great article on disaster planning for people with horses.

Science Communication:

Occam’s Typewriter blogger summarizes the #overlyhonestmethods trend on twitter.

Also in twitter, #MiddleEarthPublicHealth discussed population health concerns in Lord of the Rings.

I absolutely love the video blog The Brain Scoop. Check out one of their videos below!