CDC Emergency Partners - Stay Safe After a Disaster - Part X

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Emergency Partners Newsletter


November 22, 2017 


The information below can help those faced with recovering in the aftermath of hurricanes.

Updated Key Messages

Cover for Key Messages from November 9, 2017

Use these key messages, available in English and Spanish, to share important safety information with your readers, as well as your friends and family. Feel free to copy and paste the information, links, and images into your newsletters, emails, and social media posts.

These key messages were updated November 20, 2017. Updates are in bold blue font.

This week's key messages include additional and updated messages about:

Advice for Postpartum Women

Parents' hands holding newborn baby


Postpartum women face unique challenges and medical needs during and after a disaster. You can take the following steps to protect yourself and your baby.

  • Take special care of your body after giving birth and while breastfeeding. Learn more about steps for recovering from birth.
  • Get a postpartum checkup within 6 weeks after having your baby, even if it is not with your usual doctor.
  • Get your vaccines, like the flu shot, if you did not receive it before or during your pregnancy.
  • See a doctor or other healthcare provider for well-baby checkups or if you are concerned about a health problem, even if it is not with your baby’s usual doctor.  Learn more about newborn care and safety.
  • Postpartum depression can occur after having a baby; however, it is treatable and most women get better with treatment. To help relieve emotional stress, talk to a healthcare provider, friend, or family member about your concerns and feelings.
  • If you are not ready to get pregnant again, you can ask for several months’ supply of the pill, patch, or ring or consider using a birth control method that will prevent pregnancy for several months.

Keeping Children Safe during Disaster Cleanup

Icon of an person holding the hands of two children in the foreground, icon of broken house and broken tree in background

Recovering from a disaster is hard work. Here are some things you can do to keep children safe while the adults clean up.

  • Do not allow children to play in moving or standing water.
  • Keep children and pets away from debris.
  • Use insect repellent with DEET or Picaridin on children when outside.
  • Cover children’s arms, legs, and feet when they are outside.
  • Wash hands with soap and clean water. Clean and cover open wounds.
  • Children should not help with clean-up. Do not use N-95 masks on children.
  • Disinfect toys with diluted bleach. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Keep children away from dead or stray animals.