CDC Emergency Partners Newsletter - June 24, 2016

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CDC Emergency Partners

                                                            June 24, 2016

CDC Emergency
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Summer's Heating Up - Are You Ready?

Heat-Related Illness


Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. Know the signs of heat-related illness and what to do when you notice them.


Heat exhaustion: heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; fainting

What to do: move to a cooler location; lie down and loosen clothing; apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible; sip water; seek medical attention if the person vomits and continues vomiting

Heat stroke: high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit); hot, red skin - dry or moist; rapid and strong pulse; possible unconsciousness

What to do: CALL 911 immediately and follow the operator's directions - this is a medical emergency; move the person to a cooler place; reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or a bath; do NOT give liquids

For more information, see CDC's Extreme Heat website.

Preparing for Extreme Heat


Free Training - Recognizing, Preventing and Treating Heat-Related Illness

This training was designed especially for coaches, school nurses, parents, and others who train or provide athletic training in the heat.

After completing this web based course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define heat-related illness
  • Identify the three main types of heat-related illness
  • Identify the symptoms, or warning signs, for each type of heat-related illness
  • Describe treatment options for each type of heat-related illness, including return to play considerations
  • Describe steps you can take to prevent heat-related illness

Continuing education credits available.


Extreme Heat Media Toolkit

CDC's Extreme Heat Media Toolkit offers logos, Web banners, posters, and more to help media, public health professionals, and others share information about how to stay safe during extreme heat events.


Ready Wrigley Prepares for Extreme Heat - An Activity Book for Kids

Summertime is a great time to make sure your family is ready for any kind of disaster. Kids can help Wrigley get her family ready to stay safe during extreme heat. Find helpful tips to help children and adults avoid heat-related illnesses too!


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CDC Zika Resources

CDC released the latest Key Messages for Zika on June 21, 2016.  To access these Key Messages, click here for English and here for Spanish.

CERC Teleconference

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To address the communication concerns and needs of state, local, and territorial health communicators, as well as partner organizations, about Zika virus disease (Zika), CDC is hosting a series of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) teleconferences related to Zika issues.

These teleconferences will be held on a weekly basis from 1-2 pm (Eastern Time). Each week, a new CERC topic will be presented as it relates to Zika.

June 28 – CERC, Zika, and Preparing Your Spokesperson

Audio Conference Access Information:

1-800-369-1662 (U.S. Callers)

1-203-827-7082 (International Callers)

Passcode: 3266392

Presentation slides for this teleconference will be available on our website:  

Please feel free to forward this announcement to your partners.

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Multimedia Resources

    4 ways stop Zika

    Zika Topic of the Week - Week of June 27

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    Topic: Say Goodbye to Mosquitoes at Home!

    Control mosquitoes outside and inside your home. Learn more about controlling mosquitoes.


    Download the CDC Zika Widget for your website:



    Sample social media to help spread the word:


    It’s Mosquito Control Awareness Week! Did you know there are lots of ways you can control mosquitoes in and around your home? Learn more!

    Protect yourself from mosquito bites! Wear an EPA-registered insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol.


    It’s Mosquito Control Awareness Week! Learn how to control mosquitoes that can spread viruses like #Zika.

    One of the best ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites is to wear an EPA-registered insect repellent.

    Upcoming Zika Topics of the Week:

    • Week of July 4: Community rally around pregnant women
    • Week of July 11: Kid’s health
    • Week of July 18: Healthcare providers
    • Week of July 25: Olympics
    • Week of August 1: Integrated vector control

    General Outbreak Information

    Content Syndication

    Put CDC content on Zika on your website that will update automatically! This microsite offers an easy way to share information and stay up to date with developments in the current Zika virus outbreak, including prevention, symptoms, treatment, and information for pregnant women and travelers. This microsite is also available in Spanish.

    Please contact for technical support.

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    New or Updated Guidance Documents

    New CDC Health Update: CDC Recommendations for Subsequent Zika IgM Antibody Testing

    New CDC Health Guidelines for US Citizens and Residents Living in Areas with Ongoing Zika Virus Transmission.

    Social Media Partner Resources

    Messages to share with your followers

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    Is Rio 2016 part of your summer travel plans? Protect yourself from mosquito bites while you’re away to prevent Zika, and learn more about healthy travel to the Olympics:

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    NEW: Advice for travelers visiting friends & relatives in areas with #Zika  #SummerTravel

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    LO NUEVO: Consejos para viajeros que visitan amigos y familiares en zonas con #Zika  #verano2016

    Conozca lo que necesita saber para un viaje saludable a #Rio2016, incluyendo cómo prevenir el zika:  #verano2016

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    CERC @ Work: Take Good Care of Yourself

    Be first, be right, and be credible.

    CERC @ Work: Take Good Care of Yourself

    Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) principles should be considered in all crisis communication plans…but what do they look like in a real emergency? CERC @ Work offers a glimpse of how these principles are put into practice.

    In recent years we have seen long-duration public health emergency responses.  CDC’s Joint Information Center has been operating in response mode for over 775 consecutive days since its activation of the Ebola response from July 9, 2014 – March 31, 2016 and its overlapping response to Zika starting on January 22, 2016. Many public information officers, emergency officials, and other emergency responders have also been actively responding to these threats for long stretches, as well as the many other threats that face their jurisdictions. The nature of the Zika virus’s transmission and health effects indicate the need to actively counter the disease spread and its health impact for several months to come.  Mosquito season is just beginning and birth outcomes would not be seen for at least 9 months to follow. There is a lot we still don’t know about Zika and some of the research could take years. It is the responsibility of health communicators to inform the public and partners such as clinicians and vector control specialists, of all scientific findings as they happen.

    Working in an emergency response where every minute and every word is critical, can be stressful and taxing.  Working with this momentum and pressure for a long time can lead to responder fatigue and mistakes.  It’s important to take steps to prevent, recognize, and address burnout in yourself and in your peers in order to maintain high quality effective emergency and risk communication.    

    Here are some indicators of burn out:

    • Secondary traumatic stress- stress reactions from exposure to another person’s traumatic event.
    • Feeling exhausted, irritable, depressed, or overwhelmed.
    • Isolating from others.
    • Feeling like a failure or feeling guilty that you are unable to “do enough” or to help.
    • Believing you are the only one who can do your job and not allowing others to share your work burden.

    Some things you and your teammates can do to prevent and address burn out are:

    • Set up shifts and limit individual working hours. The news cycle is 24 hours but no human can or should be expected to work 24 hours.
    • Remind yourself and your team that it is not selfish to take breaks.
    • Work together to designate tasks and rolls and to share the workload.
    • Avoid working alone.
    • Maintain health sleep, eating, and exercise habits.
    • Know when to set boundaries and say “no” to an assignment when you feel you may be too fatigued or not the appropriate person to carry out the task. Always offer to find someone else who can complete the action instead.

    Taking care of yourself will help you take care of others and do your job.  It is not selfish and it will strengthen your agency’s capabilities to stay ahead of emerging events and communicate effectively throughout a long term response. The risk communication needs may change over time but the public expects and deserves the same quality of communication throughout.

    For more resources and information on CERC, please see Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication, 2014 Edition or Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Pandemic Influenza, 2007.

    Have you used CERC in your work? To share your CERC stories, e-mail Your stories may appear in future CERC Corners.

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