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American Public Health Association’s Get Ready Campaign – New Fact Sheets on Preparedness

APHA has new fact sheets with tips on preparing for tornadoes, hurricanes,tsunamis, mosquitoes and home disasters as well as info on safe buildings and sheltering in place. They are also available in Spanish.

Titles include

• Tornadoes: How to get ready for a tornado (PDF) English or Spanish

• Hurricanes: Getting ready for hurricanes (PDF) English or Spanish

• Tsunamis: How to prepare for a tsunami English or Spanish

• Sheltering in place: What you need to know to stay put during a disaster English or Spanish

• Mosquitoes: How to stay safe from mosquito-borne diseases Englishor Spanish






Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

• Get the facts: Why do I need an emergency stockpile? English orSpanish (PDFs)

• Checklist: What should I put in my stockpile? English or Spanish(PDFs)

• Shopping list: What should I shop for? Grocery list (PDF)

• Recipes: What can I make to eat during a disaster? Recipes (PDF)

• Water stockpiling: How much water should I store? English orSpanish

• Pets: How can I prepare my pets for emergencies? English orSpanish (PDFs)

• Budget stockpiling: How can I stockpile without spending a lot?English or Spanish (PDFs)

June 11, 2011 Posted by | Consumer Health, Consumer Safety, Public Health | , , | Leave a comment

American Red Cross App Puts Emergency Care Instruction in the Palm of Your Hand

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Red Cross Teams Up with Dr. Oz and Sharecare to Launch Lifesaving App

From the American Red Cross Web page


WASHINGTON, Wednesday, June 01, 2011 — Just in time for the busy summer season, a new smartphone app launched today by the American Red Cross, Dr. Mehmet Oz and the medical website Sharecare makes it even easier for the average person to help in an emergency.

The “S.O.S by the American Red Cross” is a free app that provides real-time emergency care instructions and an expansive resource guide for emergency care information in order to help save lives. The app is available only for Android mobile devices.

Once activated, app users are guided through a victim assessment and receive step-by-step video narration and follow-along demonstrations by Dr. Oz. More than 30 protocols for the most common emergency care situations were adapted for the Android app. 3-D animations, provided by Visible Productions, Inc., are included for the more complex protocols, specifically Hands-Only CPR and Choking along with an audio and visual counter for real-time CPR compressions.

The Resource Guide covers more than 50 common emergency care situations with easy to understand instructions for treating seizures to broken bones….



In addition to the emergency protocols and resource guide, the S.O.S. app features 9-1-1 dialing that auto-launches a map with location information, while on the call with the emergency dispatcher.

To get the app, Android users can go to and download the “S.O.S by the American Red Cross” app for free. Contact your local Red Cross or visit for information on Red Cross training offerings. For additional life-saving and healthcare information,

June 11, 2011 Posted by | Consumer Health, Public Health | , , | 1 Comment


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