CDC Emergency Partners Newsletter - August 26, 2016

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                                                            August 26, 2016


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National Preparedness Month

The Power of Preparedness

NPM 2016


Throughout September, CDC and more than 3000 organizations—national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations—will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action.

This year, we are focusing on five themes that show the power of not only preparing ourselves, but working with partners to address health threats at home and around the world!


Social Media Message Library

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From our friends at Pennsylvania Department of Health and Drexel University, an interactive message library providing sample messages about natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and more. There's even a section with messages for people with access and functional needs! 


Returning Home After a Disaster

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Returning home after a flood or other disaster can be heartbreaking - and dangerous. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your family when returning home.


Be Ready for Wildfires

Be Ready Wildfires


7 tips to protect yourself from breathing #WildfireSmoke:

Flu shot  

What's new in flu?

CDC updates influenza vaccinations recommendations

CDC Zika Resources

  • CDC released the latest Key Messages for Zika on July 27, 2016.  To access these Key Messages, click here for English and here for Spanish.

Zika Topic of the Week - Week of August 29th

Back to School  


Back to school: Get books not bites!

Protect your kids from mosquito bites! Use EPA-registered insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol.





Zika Topic of the Week - Week of September 5th

Topic: Worker Safety

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Upcoming Zika Topics of the Week:

  • September 12: Zika Preparedness
  • September 19: Did You Know?

General Outbreak Information

New or Updated Guidance Documents



New CDC Health Advisory: CDC Expands Guidance for Travel and Testing

New CDC Resources:

Updated Advice for People Living in or Traveling to South Florida



Dealing with Denial


Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) principles can help emergency responders communicate life-saving information during a crisis. However, this information is only useful to those who are willing to use it. People affected by a crisis risk greater harm if they’re unable to move past denial.


Denial is refusing to acknowledge either imminent harm or harm that has already occurred. People may receive and understand the message, but behave as though the danger is not as great as they are being told. People may have:


  • Not received enough accurate information to recognize the threat,
  • Assumed the situation is not as bad as it really is because of outdated or incomplete information,
  • Assumed their past experiences provide enough information to make choices about their current situation, or
  • Received messages about a threat but not received action messages on what they should do.


When people doubt a threat is real, they may seek further confirmation. They may consult community leaders or experts for specific opinions. They might want to know how others are responding before they take action. Or the message may be so far outside a person’s experience that he or she simply can’t make sense of it and thus chooses to ignore it.

Denial can, at least in part, be prevented or addressed with clear consistent communication from a trusted source. If your audience receives and understands a consistent message from multiple trusted sources, they will be more likely to believe that message and act on it.

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