Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Who says your holiday season can't be fun and safe? Celebrate with these safety tips!

There’s nothing like being home for the holidays surrounded by all your loved ones. Cherish this special time by learning how to protect your friends and family with these fun safety tips. There’s help here for cooking safety, gift giving, holiday travel and fire safety. Have a safe holiday season!

Cooking and food

Keep your holiday meals both safe and delicious by reducing the spread of contamination. Wash your hands before, during and after preparing food. Wash fruits and vegetables before cooking them, too. Separate raw meat from other foods. Wash anything the raw meat has touched like knives, cutting boards and your hands.

To avoid food poisoning, make sure your foods are cooked all the way. Use a food thermometer to check. As tempting as they may be, do not eat raw dough or batter. They may have harmful germs like E. coli and salmonella. 

Fire safety

Keep matches, lighters and candles away from young children. Make sure lit candles are not close to flammable objects. Don’t put them in places where they can be knocked over.

Consider using flameless candles during your holiday celebrations. Turn off and unplug lights and decorations when you go to bed and when no one is home.

Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working. 

Store a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Ensure all family members know how to use the fire extinguisher.

Have a fire escape route from your house. If you are staying at a hotel or Airbnb, know the recommended fire escape routes. Practice a home fire drill before a holiday gathering in your house.

Gift giving

Think about practical and thoughtful items that could be an emergency preparedness gift. These could include flashlights, water bottles, first-aid kits, cool masks or hand sanitizer with a good scent. 

Try finding items that can be used in an emergency and for fun in everyday life. A water-proof backpack is a perfect example! Your loved one can use the backpack on a rainy day at school or in harsh weather conditions. 

 Holiday travel

Pack an emergency kit to take on your holiday vacation with your family. Include bottled water, non-perishable food, a manual can opener, a first-aid kit, a flashlight and extra batteries and a portable phone charger. 

Don’t forget about your furry friends! Pack emergency supplies for your pets like extra food and water, a sturdy leash, a harness, a pet carrier, a pet toy and a pet bed.

Protect yourself from COVID-19 and the flu. Stay updated on your vaccines. Mask up and test for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have had a close contact. Stay home if you are feeling sick.

Check your car emergency supplies. They should include a flashlight, pliers, a wrench, a screwdriver, jumper cables and a first aid kit. Do not risk your safety to get to your holiday destination. If there is dangerous weather or a COVID-19 spike, stay home and enjoy a staycation. 

Being prepared and keeping those close to you safe is the best present you can give this holiday season. Don’t forget these safety tips as you gather with your friends and family each year. Happy holidays!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Three new holiday shareables from Get Ready

 As you head out for your Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations this year, check out three new shareables available from Get Ready! They focus on holiday safety and preparedness, so this year's holiday season can be the best one yet. 

Use our food safety shareable to remind folks that their food needs to be cooked fully (165 degrees Fahrenheit for your turkey) to enjoy without risk for foodborne illness. 

Use our emergency preparedness gift guide shareable to inspire your Black Friday shopping and beyond. You know family or friends won't return a present they'll definitely use!

Share our fire safety shareable to prevent home disasters this holiday season. Never leave candles or electric decorations unattended!

From our team to yours, Get Ready wishes you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Get Ready for the APHA 2022 Annual Meeting

APHA 150 years logo Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston November 6 to 9

The APHA 2022 Annual Meeting is coming up Nov. 6-9 in Boston! There will be sessions and presentations in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the Westin Boston Seaport District. Get Ready will have a booth in the APHA Central section of the Public Health Expo. We’ll have Get Ready swag and fact sheets about COVID-19, monkeypox and home disaster preparedness for you to take home. You’ll probably spend all day listening to the different sessions and presentations. If your device needs battery, our booth is giving out free power banks. You can win one by testing your knowledge with a fun trivia question about emergency preparedness. But don’t wait, there will be a limited supply! 

The Expo hours are:

  • Sunday, Nov. 6, 12:30-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Annual Meeting will have a ton of sessions and presentations for you to check out. You may want to learn more about how to act in an emergency or what supplies to pack before a disaster strikes. If you’re interested in sessions about emergency preparedness, we have some suggestions to recommend. Don’t miss out!

Sunday, Nov. 6

2054: Lessons Learned, Vaccine Uptake, and Public Health Preparedness in the midst of COVID-19, 2:30–3:30 p.m. 

This poster session includes lessons learned from the pandemic, vaccine hesitancy and vaccine equity in the Latina/o/x and Hispanic communities.

2056: Public Health Preparedness in the midst of COVID-19: successes, challenges, and recommendations, 2:30–3:30 p.m. 

This poster session is about the effects of COVID-19 in Latina/o/x populations across the United States and what we can learn from this pandemic to prepare for the next.

Monday, Nov. 7

3009: COVID-19 and Emergency Health Services, 10:30–11:30 a.m. 

This poster session will talk about COVID-19 vaccinations and the emergency response during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3078: Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness, 10:30 a.m.-noon 

This oral session includes topics on equity during a crisis, COVID-19 response and disaster preparedness. 

3229: Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness, 3–4 p.m. 

This poster session touches on disaster preparedness, recovery and response.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

4117: Disaster Preparedness and Response In Community Health, 10:30 a.m.-noon

This oral session will talk about the impact of infrastructure disruptions in Puerto Rico, emergency response planning, the impact of natural disasters and health equity.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

5090: COVID-19 & Emergency Health Services, 10:30 a.m.-noon 

This oral session will talk about COVID-19 vaccinations and the emergency response during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We love meeting new people, but let’s remember to stay safe. The Annual Meeting will be a busy event with many people. Masks are required at APHA 2022. You will need to show proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination. We recommend a flu shot, too.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!