A prepared community is a healthier community
As the American Public Health Association says, a prepared community is a healthier community
An important part of creating a healthy community is assuring it is prepared to deal with a range of potential problems, whether for a natural disaster, disease outbreak or human-made emergency. Each year, National Public Health Week organizers urge Americans to focus on being more knowledgeable and better prepared.
Some ways to assure your community is prepared are:
- Find out where your nearest emergency shelters are located, and let your neighbors know where to go during a disaster.
- Ask your work supervisor for a copy of your workplace emergency plan and become familiar with it.
- Find out where flu immunization clinics will be held in your community, and spread the word to your friends and family via e-mails, Facebook or other means.
- Sign up for a CPR or first aid class and invite others to join you.
- Pick up a few extra canned goods every time you go to the grocery store to donate to your community food bank.
One of the best sources for planning for a pandemic may be found at PandemicPrep.Org, a non-profit organization co-founded by the principles of Bio-Defense Network. It has hosted public forums since 2006, and has copies of all presentations made at those forums.
There are many valuable websites available to learn how to make your family and community better prepared. Some are:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
- Join Together
- Let’s Move!
- National Institutes of Health: Office of Disease Prevention
- National Institutes of Health: Reproduction and Sexual Health
- National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council
- Planned Parenthood of America
- Prevention Institute
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services
- Trust for America’s Health
- United States Department of Agriculture