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Breathe Easy, Part 2: How to Properly Use a Respirator in an Emergency

Close-up photo of a man putting on a respirator.

In the course of preparing for an emergency you might decide to buy a pack of respirators from your local hardware store, thinking that they are ready to use out of the box. However, before you can rely on one of these devices to protect you, there are some important selection and use criteria to Read More >

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Breathe Easy, Part 1: How to Pick the Right Respirator for Your Emergency Kit

Three kinds of filtering facepiece respirators

There are many things to consider in the process of preparing your health and safety for a public health emergency. Memories of emergencies, like last summer’s wildfires and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, remind us of the threat they can pose to respiratory health, and of the equal importance of an item that gets left Read More >

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Managing Asthma: Have a Plan

Little boy using a chamber to administer asthma medication

May is National Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is a serious, but common lung condition that affects 1 in 13 people, including adults and children. CDC’s National Asthma Control Program works to help Americans with asthma achieve better health and improved quality of life. Learn more. Now 17 months old, Zachary was 10 months when he Read More >

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Prepare Your Health for Hurricane Season

Road sign pointing in the direction of a hurricane evacuation route.

Andrea. Dorian. Humberto. In all, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), of which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a member, has a list of 21 names that they will use this year to identify hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season. What’s in a name? A major hurricane by any name is hazardous to Read More >

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After the Storm: 3 Types of Post-Disaster Poisonings to Know, Prepare For

A portable generator placed outside and in a dry area on the ground.

National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23) was started in 1962 to encourage Americans to “learn of the dangers of accidental poisoning and to take such preventive measures as are warranted by the seriousness of the danger.” Fifty-seven years later, those threats—and probably some new ones—to personal and public health persist. They can also be prepared Read More >

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Prepare Your Health: Personal Health Preparedness for People with Bleeding Disorders

Adult helping child with a bloody knee.

  March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Learn more about bleeding disorders, their symptoms, treatments, and how to prepare for emergencies on the Division of Blood Disorders website. Personal health preparedness and planning are important for everyone, but essential for people with bleeding disorders. Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia and von Willebrand disease (VWD), are Read More >

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