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Today’s the day to start thinking about air quality

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Air quality can impact your health. What can you do? Pay attention to the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is a tool that tells you when high levels of air pollution are predicted and tells you how air pollution affects your health. Finding the AQI is easy. It’s on the Web, on many local Read More >

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When a natural disaster strikes, can public health respond effectively?

New primer shows how disaster surveillance can make all the difference. During April 25-28, 2011, a massive storm system generated 351 tornadoes that whipped through five southern states, causing 338 deaths, leaving behind historic levels of damage to people‚Äôs homes and businesses. Read More >

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What would you do if hazardous chemicals were spilled near your house?

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Sue Casteel answers this question every day by teaching people about simple steps they can take to protect themselves and their families from exposure to hazardous chemicals in the environment. Sue is a health educator in Region IV in Atlanta with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Read More >

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Healthy Community Design

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Your input on the design of your community can help make everyone happier and healthier. Your address can play an important role in how long you live and how healthy you are. The physical design of your community affects your health every time you step out your front door. Sometimes making healthy choices is not Read More >

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Staying Safe in a Tornado


On April 27, 2011, a series of deadly tornadoes destroyed parts of Tuscaloosa, Cullman, Birmingham and rural communities in northwest Alabama killing 247 people [PDF – 498 KB] and nearly injuring 1,400. Nearly a month later, a monster tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 residents. In 2013, Oklahoma experienced back-to-back tornado events; the deadliest Read More >

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