By: Courtney Luecking MPH, MS, RD Doctoral candidate: Nutrition
Zika virus. Flooding. Hurricanes. Wildfires. Earthquakes. What do these have in common? They are all examples of public health emergencies that have impacted our nation and world in just the last few months. While not all emergencies can be predicted, we can take steps to have an emergency response plan in place.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is promoting National Preparedness Month this September.
Preparedness is important not only for the international, national, regional, and local agencies and organizations that help people overcome disasters, but also for individuals and the communities they are part of.
One simple step you can take is to create a preparedness kit. Basics of an emergency kit include:
- At least a 3-day supply of food and water
- Health supplies
- Personal care items
- Safety supplies
- Extra cash
- Extra house and car keys
You can learn more about being prepared for all kinds of situations through a Twitter chat Tuesday, September 27th at 1pm EST with @CDCemergency. And by checking out the resources below.
ASPCA. General Pet Care. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness
Boehrer, Katherine. 10 Disaster Preparedness Tips You Can Really Use. Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/10/disaster-prep-month_n_5790278.html
Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. https://www.ready.gov/