Public Health Practices

Improving biosurveillance after natural disasters: The Superstorm Sandy experience

After Superstorm Sandy made landfall in 2012, New York City used its surveillance system to monitor hospital evacuation and emerging health needs.

Exercise integrates planning for people with functional needs in general population shelter

A Georgia health district helped to coordinate an exercise that built support services for physical disabilities, mental disorders, dementia, and wheelchair access into disaster shelter planning.

Florida uses dark site templates to prepare for internal and public communication during disasters

Florida created offline, customizable Web pages that allow communications staff to distribute fast, accurate information during an emergency.

Florida's virtual JIC creates a safe and effective work environment for communications responders

A virtual Joint Information Center (JIC) helps Florida keep agency staff safe as they keep the public informed of emergency events and precautions.

Guidance helps integrate concerns about sexual violence into the roles and procedures of disaster responders

Louisiana communities helped inform a national guidance about preventing sexual violence in shelters and temporary housing during and after a disaster.

Curriculum trains children to act as disaster preparedness ambassadors to their families

A disaster preparedness curriculum provides children with skills that they can bring home and teach to their families.

Sunrise over Galveston Bay

Adapting the 'Healthy Development Measurement Tool' to post-disaster planning initiatives

Texas developed tools to track and address social health determinants after Hurricane Ike.

Using a multiprong, multipartner approach to address emerging language needs after a disaster

A New Orleans community coalition developed ways to address new language needs among immigrant workers helping to rebuild the city following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Guide helps people prepare for and respond to disasters

Two agencies created a preparedness handbook for people with disabilities and their families, available in Spanish and Haitian Creole.

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