2014 Preparedness Summit – Registration is Now Open!

Learn about the Latest in Preparedness at the 2014 Preparedness Summit!

 Connect with colleagues, hear about new research, and learn how to implement model practices that enhance capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies through a variety of interactive workshops, sessions, and town halls at the 2014 Preparedness Summit.

 The Summit is the premier national conference in the field of public health preparedness. The four-day annual event provides one of the only cross-disciplinary learning opportunities in the field and has evolved over time to meet the growing needs of the preparedness com­munity. A diverse range of attendees includes professionals working in all levels of government (local, state, and federal), emergency management, volunteer organizations, and healthcare coalitions. Each year, attendance at the Summit has continued to grow, and in 2013, the Summit brought 1,741 attendees to Atlanta from nearly every state and several countries.

This year’s Summit will take place April 1—4, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme is “Stronger Together: Aligning Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities to Protect Our Communities.” Don’t miss out on outstanding learning and networking opportunities during the 2014 Preparedness Summit; register today at www.preparednesssummit.org.

 

National Preparedness Summit – Share YOUR story!

 The National Association of Community Health Centers is pleased to announce that it has joined a distinguished group of partners on the Preparedness Summit Planning Committee.  The Summit is the premier national conference in the field of public health preparedness. The four-day annual event provides one of the only cross-disciplinary learning opportunities in the field and has evolved over time to meet the growing needs of the preparedness com­munity. Each year, attendance at the Summit has continued to grow, and in 2013, the Summit brought 1,741 attendees to Atlanta from nearly every state and several countries.

This year’s Summit will take place April 1—4, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme is “Stronger Together: Aligning Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities to Protect Our Communities.” Join the distinguished list of Preparedness Summit presenters and submit an abstract for the 2014 Preparedness Summit today. Health centers and Primary Care Associations are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract to highlight the strong and proud history of meeting the needs of their communities, before, during, and after emergencies.  Abstracts are being accepted until October 11. Visit www.preparednesssummit.org to learn more.

Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared

 The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers has partnered with MDPH on a public information campaign, “Together We’re Ready: Massachusetts Prepared.” Each week of September will feature a preparedness theme, this is week 1: Get Ready – Individual/Family Preparedness. Week 2 is Get Involved – Join the Response; Week 3: We’re All in this Together – Considerations for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs; and Week 4: Get Vaccinated – Fight the Flu – which features a video from our own Edward M. Kennedy CHC in Worcester!

Way to go, Mass League!

September is National Preparedness Month! What Are Your Plans??

You have probably heard this already…  September is National Preparedness Month.  So what does that mean to you?  I challenge each one of you reading this blog to do one thing this month – whether it is on the personal, organizational, or community level.  I plan to update my family plan.  Let me know what you will or have done in the comments!

Per FEMA:  NPM is led by FEMA’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council, and is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Ready, a public service advertising media campaign that has garnered in excess of $1billion in donated media placements, over 77 million visitors to its websites and has had in excess of 88 million pieces of preparedness materials requested or downloaded.

 NPM is an opportunity to disseminate emergency preparedness information and host sponsor activities across the country to help Americans understand what it truly means to be ready. This year a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) were launched as part of the Ready Kids campaign. The TV, radio, outdoor, print and digital PSAs take a humorous approach to emphasize the importance for parents to involve their children in the preparedness process. Through these PSAs, families are provided preparedness conversation starters including: who to call as your out-of-state emergency contact, where to meet if everyone is separated, and what to pack as part of your emergency supply kit. The PSAs direct to the redesigned Ready Kids website where parents can find the resources they need to make preparedness a family year-round family activity. (View PSAs on FEMA’s YouTube Channel: Seat of Your Pants & Not Sharing)

 Social Media: Follow Ready online www.twitter.com/readygov, www.facebook.com/readygov, and www.youtube.com/fema. Learn more about the Ready Campaign at www.ready.gov & Citizens Corps at www.citizenscorps.gov.

Six Months Post-Sandy

It’s hard to believe that half a year has passed since SuperStorm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey, causing unprecedented destruction and disruption in the Northeast.  So much work has been done yet much remains and residents are still adjusting to a new normal.  FEMA has pulled together a six-month report that includes significant milestones, photos, videos, and loads of data.  You can find that report here.