Friday, August 07, 2020

Get Ready unveils summer infographics

Living in a pandemic involves a lot of unknowns. Though there are constant updates coming out, all of that information can be overwhelming. This summer, Get Ready has released new infographics to help you navigate this information and stay prepared. These infographics are all available on @GetReady on Twitter.

In “Prepare for a Pandemic,” you’ll learn six general tips to reduce your risk for infection. These tips work for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Though they may seem simple, the tips are helpful to keep yourself healthy. For more general information on the coronavirus pandemic, view our fact sheet

In the graphic called “Stop Spreading the Germs,” we’ve included cleaning tips that will help stop the spread of any infection, not just coronavirus. Stay safe while staying clean!

In the graphic called “Physical Distancing,” there are tips on how to protect each other from infection. One of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus is through limiting the interactions we have with those outside our household. The easiest way to do that is to stay home. This limits the spread of the virus by those who may not know they have it.

When you do need to go out and interact with others in public, make sure to wear a mask! They help reduce the spread of the virus. Our “Masks: The basics” graphic makes it easy to understand.
The “Summer heat and COVID-19” graphic covers two health threats at once.  It shows how to prepare for the summer heat while staying safe from infection. For more information on preparing for the summer, refer to our heatwave fact sheet.

On social media, we’ve launched the #Mask4Who campaign. Take a picture in your mask and tell us who you wear it for! Our quick guide reminds you the right way to wear one.

All of the Get Ready infographics are easy to download and share. You can add your own logo to the bottom and post in your school, work, apartment building or doctor’s office. They’re an easy way to let people know how to stay safe! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mask for Who?

The U.S. recently reached 4 million COVID-19 cases. Some states are now requiring the public to wear masks. Masks are useful in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Cloth masks can block as much as 50% of tiny droplets that come from your mouth or nose during breathing or talking. Without a mask, those droplets can reach others and make them sick.

APHA’s Get Ready team has launched the #Mask4Who social media campaign to help spread the word about the importance of masks.
We’re encouraging people to wear their masks, but with a slight twist. We want to know who you wear your mask for.
Some people may wear their masks for their children, parents or grandparents. Others may wear it for their friends, co-workers or neighbors. Whatever the case may be, there are people in all our lives who need us to help them stay safe.

To be part of #Mask4Who:
1. Get your favorite mask and put it on. Remember, it should cover both your nose and chin! 
2. Take picture of yourself with your mask. You can also include your family or others in your safety bubble with their masks. 
3. Share it! Post your photo on social media using #Mask4Who. We may even share your post with our followers.

This way, you’ll be sharing an important message, not germs.

And thanks for following the simple public health intervention that can help keep us all safe. See you online!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Lights, camera, animals! Announcing Get Ready’s annual photo contest

APHA’s Get Ready Photo Contest is back!  Don’t miss this chance for your pets to be Get Ready’s next animal supermodels.

This year’s photo contest is all about animal-to-animal friendships. Pets, farm animals, zoo animals and even animals from your backyard are welcome, but we need two or more animals in the picture — and the friendlier they are the better. Winning photos will be featured in APHA’s 2021 Get Ready Calendar.

Whether animals are doing something incredibly human, promoting emergency preparedness related or just looking downright adorable, we want to see them. For extra credit, take a look at our Get Ready campaign topics and have fun illustrating preparedness tips in your photos.

Need more inspiration? Check out photos in our previous Get Ready calendars. Then grab a camera, check the lighting and snap away!

But don’t delay: The deadline to submit your photos is July 22.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Hurricane season is here! Are you prepared?

Hurricane season began June 1, and it could be a dangerous one. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that there will be three to six major hurricane seasons this year.

With the COVID-19 outbreak still going on, there are a few extra things to take into account during this year’s hurricane season. For example, you might have to shelter in a different place. Stores may not be open to get food or medicine. But you can take steps to make yourself and your family safer in case of a storm.

1. Create a stockpile checklist.
2. Involve the kids by making emergency preparedness fun, not scary.
3. A budget stockpile checklist can help you prepare for less money.
4. On your mark, get set, go bags! Make sure your go-bag is ready in case you need to leave quickly.
5. Put COVID-19 supplies in your go-bag. Add hand sanitizer and masks for each family member.
6. Keep your important documents, such as your ID and birth certificate, in a safe and easy-to-move container.

Remember, when you’re told by officials to evacuate, don’t hesitate to go!

With these steps, you’re stronger better and ready for whatever comes your way.

(Photo courtesy CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Get Ready Mailbag: Can we go back outside already?!

Welcome to another installment of the Get Ready Mailbag, when we take time to answer questions sent our way by readers like you! Have a question you want answered? Send an email to

Q: People on the news are going to restaurants, beaches and hair salons. Why I am still sitting inside? I’m ready to quit this and go back out!

A: We hear you: Staying at home to protect yourself from coronavirus isn’t fun. So it’s easy to be envious of those who are out and about. In some states, people are going out because elected leaders have decided that the risk from COVID-19 there has dropped enough to do so. But the list of places people in those states are allowed to go is still very limited.

And some health officials aren't sure those leaders are making the right decision. They’re worried it’s too soon, and that more people may get infected and die. They don’t want to put health and lives at risk just so businesses can reopen, and they don’t want to overwhelm already-strained hospitals and medical workers.

Even in states that haven’t eased their safety recommendations, some people are deciding to go against advice and venture out. That’s relatable — as we’re all going a little stir crazy — but it’s not OK. Spending time in close contact with people outside your household is not a good idea yet, especially if you live in an area where cases of coronavirus are still increasing. (And even if they’re not, that can change quickly.)

The best thing to do is wait for health officials where you live to say it’s alright to go out and socialize again. They will know if the risk has fallen enough where you live and advise you on what you can do safely. Be sure to follow recommendations from actual public health and medical officials — not your friends, not political figures and not some TV talking head. Trustworthy sources of information include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your state or local health department.

When health officials do say it’s safe to stop saying home, you should still use your best judgment. If you’re someone who is older, or has diseases like diabetes or asthma, you will need to decide if it’s worth it, as you’re more likely to die or get very sick from COVID-19. And even if you don’t have those conditions, you can still pass coronavirus to someone you care about — like your family — without even knowing you have the disease.

Remember, even when cases of COVID-19 do fall and people start coming together again, the disease is not going away. So keep washing those hands, cleaning regularly, covering your sneezes and coughs, and wearing masks. When it comes to COVID-19, it’s better to have cautions than regrets.