Preparedness
Despite progress, gaps still remain in US preparedness

Despite progress, gaps still remain in US preparedness

Most U.S. states need to make some improvements to better protect residents against infectious disease outbreaks and ready their communities for public health disasters, according to new analyses from health groups.
AJPH Q&A: Older Americans at greater risk in natural disasters

AJPH Q&A: Older Americans at greater risk in natural disasters

New research from the American Journal of Public Health finds that older adults are at a greater risk when it comes to being prepared for natural disasters. Read on to learn more about the findings and how to help seniors during emergencies.
New index measures national, state emergency preparedness

New index measures national, state emergency preparedness

A first-of-its-kind guide to emergency preparedness was released yesterday in Washington, D.C., measuring our nation’s readiness.

Typhoon Haiyan: What to do when disaster strikes somewhere else

When disaster happens, whether it’s close to home or far away, it can spark many emotions. Learn how you can better cope and respond to the devastation in the Philippines while also preparing for emergency at home.
Social media can help communicate during disaster

Social media can help communicate during disaster

When the power went out in San Diego in September 2011, local residents weren’t left completely in the dark. Health officials turned to social media to help communicate during the citywide blackout.
APHA, communities nationwide ‘get ready’ for emergencies

APHA, communities nationwide ‘get ready’ for emergencies

APHA's staff celebrated Get Ready Day through a community blood drive, food drive and more. Meanwhile, communities nationwide shared the importance of preparedness. Read more to learn about the exciting day's events.

APHA to recognize National Preparedness Month through annual Get Ready Day

Get Ready Day is right around the corner. How will you get involved to make sure you and your community are prepared for emergencies?
Is America prepared for health emergencies?

Is America prepared for health emergencies?

Not quite, said APHA's Georges Benjamin and other public health leaders during a recent Capitol Hill briefing broadcast on C-SPAN.
Local health departments honored for innovation

Local health departments honored for innovation

Local health departments, or LHDs, are the backbone of community health. While their work can be seen at the ground level, scientific innovation has helped improve public health quality among the 2,800 LHDs in the U.S. today.

Public health workers at center of Boston bombing response

The unique configuration of the Boston Public Health Commission meant that on April 15, when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, public health was on the scene and ready to respond. Read more from this story published in The Nation's Health newspaper.
How to prepare for a tornado

How to prepare for a tornado

The tornado that swept through the Oklahoma City area on Monday killed at least 24 people and injured 240 more. Today, the National Weather Service said that more severe weather is expected in the U.S. over the next 24 hours, including the possibility of more tornadoes.
Mother’s Day e-cards spread love, emergency preparedness

Mother’s Day e-cards spread love, emergency preparedness

Do you love your mother? Well, she deserves more than a $3 Hallmark card. Send her a preparedness e-present instead!