Thursday, March 22, 2007

Free tipsheet on preparedness online now

The list of things we need to be prepared for seems to grow longer (and scarier) every day: Pandemic flu. Hurricanes. Terrorism. Earthquakes. So which should you get ready for first?

The best way to prepare for disasters is to take a general, "all-hazards" approach, according to a new tipsheet from the American Public Health Association, which outlines basic things people can do to get ready for any type of disaster.

The free tipsheet, published in the March issue of The Nation's Health the American Public Health Association's monthly newspaper, gives quick, easy advice on how to be prepared, outlining the top three steps people can take to protect themselves and their families.

The tipsheet is presented in an entertaining, easy-to-understand format, making it perfect for employers to share with their staff or for health workers to pass out at health fairs, according to Michele Late, executive editor of The Nation's Health.

"Given that this year's National Public Health Week focuses on preparedness, this is a perfect resource that can be used during community outreach," Late said. "We encourage people to make copies of the tipsheet and post them where others can see them, such as in their office lunch room, community center or student lounge."

The free tipsheet is the latest in a series of free public health materials published by The Nation's Health as part of its Healthy You series. Past Healthy You tipsheets have focused on issues such as portion sizes and allergy triggers.

The Healthy You preparedness tipsheet is available online now. More resources and materials on National Public Health Week, which will be celebrated April 2-8, are also available via the APHA Web site.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I posted this on my bulletin board at work and it generated some discussion from my co-workers. A lot of them said they hadn't thought about it too much, so this helped.