Fighting Disasters & Disease: CDC Emergency Partners Newsletter - October 28, 2016

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CDC Emergency Partners

                                                            October 28, 2016

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Did You Know?

From the Obscure to the Everyday: 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health

World's Deadliest Animals: Mapping the End of Malaria

Recent Warning on Heart-Surgery Infections: What you need to know about those new, deadly heart-surgery infections

World Polio Day 2016

Paralympian Dennis Ogbe during a World Polio Day Panel at CDC

TIME: Here's Some Promising News on World Polio Day

Dennis Ogbe, a Nigerian-born paralympian who's life was changed by polio at an early age, is now part of the effort to end polio. As a spokesman for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, he and other partner organizations work to eradicate polio. Click the image for more information on Dennis Ogbe and World Polio Day.

World Polio Day event

World Polio Day 2016: A Focus on Tenacity and Hope

On World Polio Day, October 24th, CDC and Rotary International highlighted historic progress and outlined what is needed to achieve a polio free world. Click the image to watch the World Polio Day event and hear about efforts to end one of the most terrible diseases humankind has ever known.

Hurricane Matthew

Home in Moron, Haiti completely destroyed during Hurricane Matthew

2016 Hurricane Matthew - CDC International Response

Category 4 Hurricane Matthew struck the south-west coast of Haiti at 0700 local time (1200 GMT) on 4 October. Wind speeds of 230km/h were recorded, causing widespread damage, flooding and displacement. CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch is leading efforts to support countries impacted by Hurricane Matthew. This includes coordinating with the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the CDC Haiti Country Office, and other governmental and humanitarian partners to support response efforts.

What you can do?

After a hurricane, you may face flooding, downed power lines, damage from mold, and other risks to your health. Get tips on how to recover safely from a hurricane. USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information provides information on the most effective ways to support international disaster relief and recovery.

Click the image for more information on CDC's international response to Hurricane Matthew.

UNICEF video of boy in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

UNICEF Video: Hope in Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew

Dicejour, a 13-year-old from Haiti, explains the struggle of life after Hurricane Matthew. Despite the destruction of both his home and school from the hurricane, he has hope to rebuild his country.

Click the image to watch this powerful video!

Fighting the Flu

group of kids holding a sign about not spreading the flu

Who should get vaccinated this season?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Click the image for more information on the flu vaccine!

Fight the Flu comic

When should I get vaccinated?

CDC recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

JAMA: On CDC's 70th Anniversary, Director Tom Frieden, MD, Looks Ahead

CDC 70th Anniversary

Dr. Tom Frieden's Interview with JAMA

CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, speaks with JAMA about fighting public health threats and the challenges that may arise in the upcoming months. Click the image to read more about the interview.

Zika Resources

Updated Case Count Maps for the United States: Zika Cases Reported in the United States

New Information: Healthcare Exposure to Zika and Infection Control

Press Release: CDC announces supplemental funding opportunity for continued Zika response in 2017

Zika Info On-The-Go: Sign up to receive Zika updates for your destination with CDC's new text messaging service. Text PLAN to 855-255-5606 to subscribe.

CityLab 2016 Video: Dr. Tom Frieden Speaks About How to Stop Zika

Dr. Tom Frieden speaking at CityLab 2016 in Miami

CityLab 2016

Click the image to see CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden's interview about stopping Zika at CityLab 2016. He discusses Zika in Miami-Dade County, a Zika vaccine, funding for Zika, and guidance for stopping the spread of Zika.

Zika Topic of the Week

October 24 – 28

mosquito and calendar

Mosquito Season Isn’t Over

Mosquitoes can remain active during the fall & into winter. Click the image to learn how to protect yourself!

October 31 – November 4

Zika Basics

Zika: Back to the Basics

Remember these key facts about Zika and click the image to learn how to protect yourself.

Upcoming Zika Topics of the Week:

  • November 7: Holiday Travel
  • November 14: Sexual Transmission




Pregnant women or families who would like to speak to someone about a possible Zika virus infection or diagnosis during pregnancy and potential risks to the baby can contact MotherToBaby. MotherToBaby is a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) and is not affiliated with CDC.

MotherToBaby experts are available during business hours to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone or chat:

Communication Tips: "Communication Coordination"

Coordinating communications across multiple agencies is one of the most important challenges in an emergency. Crises almost always require a joint effort between several organizations working together. Each agency may have a specific area of expertise they bring to an incident; however, it’s important for communicators to understand how their specific messages fit into the overall response activities.

Crisis coordination and collaboration are different.

  • Crisis coordination: Implies minimal involvement between organizations to achieve synchronized crisis response and mitigation. This may be as simple as information sharing.
  • Crisis collaboration: Suggests a deeper alliance and promotes equal input of participants in shared decision making. This may mean developing messages together.

It is crucial for agencies to clarify roles in communication planning. Understanding each agencies level of involvement and interaction can enhance the ability of response organizations to create consistent messages. Consistent messages are key to successful crisis and emergency risk communication.

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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