Public Health Emergency Weekly Report – U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

From the ASPR Blog:  ‘Tis the Season for Volunteering … with the MRC

As we think about giving during holiday season and into the New Year, let’s also consider ways that we can share our professional skills, training, and time to serve our local communities. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) provides a unique volunteer opportunity to strengthen public health and improve the safety of your community.  Learn More >>

Nearly 300 MRC volunteers in King County/Seattle, WA, participated in a four-day volunteer-driven free medical, dental, and vision clinic serving more

From the ASPR Blog:  This New Year, Resolve to Become a Better Bystander

In the first few minutes after a disaster, the actions that bystanders take to help others can make all the difference. Bystanders, even those with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers during disasters. This year, resolve to be a better bystander. It’s pretty simple: be willing to help, take some basic training & help others in your community to learn to be better bystanders.  Learn More >>

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In Focus:  The Hospital Preparedness Program

For more than a decade, ASPR has strengthened our nation’s health care system through the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), bringing partners together and helping the health care system prepare for and respond to the medical effects of disasters. HPP is the only source of federal funding that supports regional health care system preparedness. Learn More >>

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Watch, Listen and Learn:  HPP Coalition Surge Test Tool

HPP enables health care systems to save lives during emergencies that exceed the day-to-day capacity of health and emergency management systems. To help health care systems prepare, HPP created an exercise in a box that all healthcare coalitions can use to test their capabilities.  Learn More >>

YouTube Video: HPP Coalition Surge Test Tool

Traveling for the Holidays? Be Prepared with the FEMA App!

Be better prepared wherever you go with the FEMA Mobile App.  The app, which is available for Apple, Android and Blackberry mobile devices, gives you National Weather Service alerts for up to five locations, safety reminders and tips and even the locations of open disaster shelters, all in the palm of your hand. Learn More >>

Picture of the FEMA App

Traveling to an Area with Zika? Prevent its Spread when you Get Home!

If you are traveling this holiday season, bring home holiday gifts and maybe some souvenirs – not Zika.  While you are on your trip, remember to use insect repellent, practice safe sex (or abstain), watch for symptoms, and talk to your doctor when you return.  Learn More >>

3D cubes with Zika Virus