Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers

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The Power of Preparedness-National Preparedness Month

Throughout September, CDC and more than 3000 organizations—national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations—will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action. For Preparedness Month 2016, the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response plans to release Public Health Matters blog posts, social media messages, a Twitter chat, and graphics(http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/npm/powerofpreparedness.htm). Each week, we will focus our messaging and products on the following unique areas:

Week 1: Prepare globally. Diseases know no borders, which is why we need to work together to stop epidemics quickly and close to the source. Partners around the world are combining efforts to prevent, detect, and quickly respond to public health emergencies of international concern.

Week 2: Prepare to respond. A cornerstone of response, Emergency Operations Centers(http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/eoc/index.htm) are where highly trained experts monitor information, prepare for known (and unknown) public health events, and gather to exchange information and make decisions in an emergency. No matter the size of a country’s EOC or the equipment they have available, trained experts who know what to do are the key to responding effectively and saving lives.

Week 3: Prepare locally. In the U.S., state and local health departments play a critical role in keeping people safe from public health threats. As Zika virus(http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html) spread through the Americas, state and local officials began preparing for Zika virus in the U.S. The response suddenly became local when the first cases of local transmission of Zika virus were reported in a northwest Miami neighborhood(http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0729-florida-zika-cases.html).

Week 4: Prepare together. Research shows that close-knit neighborhoods are more resilient during a disaster. We can all volunteer to help our communities prepare and respond before, during, and after an emergency. The first people who respond to an emergency don’t have to wear a uniform or have a vehicle with a siren, but they all share one quality—they want to help others who are in trouble.

Week 5: Prepare yourself. One way you can prepare for emergencies is by having a kit ready to keep your family safe and healthy. It is important to have different types of kits for a variety of emergency situations: a kit for your home if you have to shelter in place, a kit with supplies for your car in case you have to evacuate, and a first aid kit in case someone is injured. If you live in a state(http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/united-states.html) or area(http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html) with the mosquito that spreads Zika virus, you may also want to put together a Zika Prevention Kit(http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevention-kit.html) that can help prevent mosquito bites.

Get involved

On Tuesday, September 27 at 1pm EST, we will host a Twitter chat(http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/npm/twitter.htm) “Are you prepared if…” on @CDCemergency. The chat will cover topics on being prepared for all kinds of situations – from health conditions to infectious disease outbreaks to natural disasters. Please save the date, and use #CDCprep2016 to join the conversation.

Follow us on social media (@CDCemergency on Twitter and CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response on Facebook), bookmark our Public Health Matters blog, and sign up for GovDelivery email updates.

America’s PrepareAthon!

On Friday, September 30, all federal agencies will come together for National PrepareAthon! Day. This fall, PrepareAthon messages will focus on specific hazards: winter weather, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and flooding.

For more information, visit www.ready.gov/prepare.

If you would like to partner with us for Preparedness Month, or would like more information, please visit our website(http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/npm/index.htm) or contact us at phprcommunications@cdc.gov.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/npm/index.htm

Emergency Preparedness

Be Informed

There are many ways that authorities share emergency warnings, updates, and safety instructions. Take steps now to make sure you’ll get the information you need when an emergency happens.

Stay Informed

Check with your local emergency management agency to find out what kinds of emergencies could happen in your area. Then:

  • Find out how to get local emergency alerts. Check with your local health department or emergency management agency to see how they share emergency information. Some places use:
    • Emergency texts
    • Phone calling systems
    • Digital road signs
    • Social media
    • Sirens and speakers

    These are in addition to emergency alerts sent by the federal government.

  • Learn about your community’s warning signals. Be able to recognize what the warning signals sound and look like and what you should do when you hear or see them.
  • Tune in. Listen to and watch reliable news sources. Keep a weather radio handy.

Watches and Warnings

In addition to understanding HOW you will be informed of potential threats, you need to understand the terms that are used for weather threats.

  • A watch means that there is a high possibility that a weather emergency will occur. When a severe storm watch is issued for your area, continue to listen to the radio or television for updates and pay attention to visible weather changes around you.
  • A warning means that a weather emergency is already happening, or will happen soon. When you hear a warning, take immediate action

https://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/informed/index.asp

Emergency Management Agencies Ready for Zika: TX & FL

San Angelo Gears Up for Zika

As of Aug. 31, 2016, Texas had 140 Zika cases, with more expected to develop in the days to come.

Mindful of the risks, the city of San Angelo, Texas, staged an emergency management training exercise on Aug. 15, 2016. It was attended by city and county officials, executives from both local hospitals, and officials from Goodfellow Air Force Base located in San Angelo, where the exercise was held.

“We got all of the key players within the community to sit down and discuss our responses to Zika,” said San Angelo Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Mild. “We held a tabletop exercise that looked at all of our current plans and how they would come into play, should a Zika outbreak occur locally. We also looked at areas that need shoring up to determine what needs to be done now before anything serious happens.”

In terms of San Angelo emergency management’s role in coping with a Zika situation, Mild isn’t worried about overhauling response procedures. “Our EOC people know what to do, thanks to our previous training and preparations to deal with H1N1 and Ebola,” he said. “The big problem is that we don’t have the funding to do the job properly, should Zika become an issue in our area.”

Mild cited proactive mosquito trapping and testing as one area currently suffering from under-funding. “The people at Goodfellow Air Force Base have mosquito traps at hand, but we don’t,” he said. “This means that we are currently reliant on them detecting Zika-infected mosquitoes, and hoping that their detection gives us sufficient lead time to take action. If infected insects come to other parts of San Angelo before they hit the base, we just won’t know. We don’t have the money to staff a robust trapping program on our own.”

Faced with inadequate mosquito trapping and testing, the best San Angelo and its emergency management personnel can do is to monitor what information they can obtain from available sources and be ready to respond should the Zika infection level rise to outbreak status. “We have good people in all agencies looking to deal with Zika if it becomes a serious issue,” Mild said. “Let’s hope that it doesn’t.”

Orange County Remains Vigilant

Florida’s Orange County had reported 40 Zika cases as of Aug. 31, 2016. “Working with local health officials, we have been involved in doing extensive mosquito trapping and testing,” said Ron Plummer, manager of Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management (OCOEM). “So far none of the mosquitoes tested have tested positive for Zika, which is why we are concluding that cases are all travel-related.”

Still, given the time lag between Zika case reporting, trapping and testing, Orange County isn’t taking any chances. “When a suspected case is reported, the block where the person under investigation lives is identified, and Orange County Mosquito Control immediately begins a spraying and trapping in a 0.8-mile radius every three days until test results are confirmed,” Plummer said. “We’re playing it safe, for the public’s sake.”

Should Orange County confirm that a local mosquito has Zika, it will activate its EOC to a level 2 with a unified command structure. This activation will ensure that the county’s health services and mosquito control teams provide the local health department with any additional resources that they might need. Emergency management will provide trained volunteers and personnel from other county departments to help out as well.

America’s Waterway Watch

America's Waterway Watch is a public outreach program encouraging participants to simply report suspicious activity to the Coast Guard and/or other law enforcement agencies. Unlike some Neighborhood Watch programs, for example, you are not formally joining an organization -- there are no meetings, membership cards or membership requirements -- and you do not become an agent of the Coast Guard or any other law enforcement agency.

If you are a tow boat operator, a recreational boater, a marina operator, or otherwise live, work or engage in recreational activity around America’s waterways, the United States Coast Guard wants your help in keeping these areas safe and secure. You can do this by participating in its America’s Waterway Watch (AWW) program, a nationwide initiative similar to the well known and successful Neighborhood Watch program that asks community members to report suspicious activities to local law enforcement agencies.

As a person who spends time on or near the water, you already know what is normal and what is not, and you are well suited to notice suspicious activities — activities possibly indicating threats to our nation’s homeland security. As participant in America’s Waterway Watch, we urge you to adopt a heightened sense of awareness toward unusual events or individuals you may encounter in or around ports, docks, marinas, riversides, beaches, or waterfront communities.

http://americaswaterwaywatch.uscg.mil/home.html

Find Overseas Travel Alerts

https://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/find-overseas-travel-alerts

Travel alerts and warnings are maintained by the U.S. Department of State and are a resource for international travelers to consider for safe travel overseas.

Start Here

Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country, that pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

Tips

As an international traveler you should be aware of the rules for bringing items back from your trip.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recommends you Know Before You Go with helpful links to international travel regulations, a travelers checklist, and advance information on what you must declare when you return to the U.S.

Once you check the overseas travel alerts at the U.S. Department of State, visit the CBP website for information about:

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Mountainburg…Music in the Park

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Oklahoma Earthquake today

USGS: 5.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Oklahoma

  • 18 mins ago

OKLAHOMA CITY – Residents across the Sooner State were awakened by a massive earthquake on Saturday morning.

Shortly after 7 a.m., a 5.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey near Pawnee.

 

For more information go to USGS webpage.

National Preparedness Month


September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.  Thank you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies.

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Lee Creek Clean Up

Saturday, September 10, 9am – 1pm. Devil’s Den State Park.

Headquarters will be at Day Use Horse Parking Area at Devil’s Den (at the west end of the park just off Hwy 220).

Clean up area: Park to Hwy 220 bridge. Check-In and clean up 9a-12p and then lunch from 12-1p then door prize give a ways.