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2010-01-19 01:22:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- As they rush to save lives in the wake of the Haiti earthquake, aid workers also must address myths about disaster relief among the American public. Edward Brown, relief director for Christian humanitarian organization, World Vision, debunks five myths around disaster relief. 1. Collecting blankets, shoes and clothing is a cost-effective way to help The cost of shipping these items from around the country - let alone the time it takes to sort, pack and...

2010-01-15 07:50:00

TRUCKEE, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Watching the poor people suffering in Haiti points out our all-too-human vulnerability when disaster strikes, things fall apart, nothing is working, and the few facilities and rescue workers that are functioning are hopelessly overloaded. Matthew Stein, America's leading authority on disaster preparedness for individuals and families, is available to show your audience the most important things that every family should have on hand to help cope with...

2010-01-12 20:42:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) encourages Americans to respond appropriately and responsibly to today's earthquake in Haiti. Those who wish to best help the victims in Haiti are asked to donate cash as an alternative to in-kind donations such as clothing and canned goods. Cash donations are widely recognized as the most efficient and effective means of relief, a policy supported by CIDI's funding partner, the United...

2009-10-02 10:05:00

Cash is the Best Form of Donation to Provide Effective and Immediate Assistance WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) is encouraging Americans who wish to help the recent victims of this week's numerous international disasters to donate cash, as an alternative to in-kind donations such as clothing and canned goods, in order to provide the most optimal assistance. It is widely recognized that cash donations are the most...

2009-09-09 10:50:00

WESTON, Fla., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- September is National Preparedness Month. In the event of an emergency are you prepared and what can you do to if you aren't? Because emergencies and disasters can happen anytime, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reminding you that everyone can take a few steps now to better prepare themselves and their families before the next emergency strikes. FEMA encourages you to visit www.Ready.gov for...

2009-06-09 11:44:00

"Hurricane Season" an ideal time to guard personal health information against nature's devastation CHICAGO, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Major catastrophic events can lead to chaos, destruction and death. Now is the time of year when public awareness and preparedness are the best defenses against the high-impact storm systems that will sweep across many parts of the country. The need to prepare for the possibility of a dangerous tropical storm striking near you is essential. According...

2009-05-27 09:47:00

New Resource Prepares American Families for Natural, Economic or Personal Emergency MADISON, Ala., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With 2008 being one of the most fatal years for natural disasters on record globally, 2009 is the year to be prepared before you become a victim. After spending 2008 in economic turmoil and uncertainty, it is critical to start preparing now to avoid future economic disasters on a personal and family level. To empower citizens to overcome these concerns, disaster...

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2009-04-06 09:05:00

The World Health Organization has advised governments to construct hospitals that can hold up regardless of earthquakes and other disasters. The UN announced that they are devoting 2009's World Health Day on Tuesday to this matter, as the amount of natural disasters continues to grow worldwide. "In disasters and emergencies, health facilities are crucial to survival," said Shin Young-soo, the WHO regional director for the Western Pacific region, in a statement. "Health facilities must be...

2008-09-19 12:00:35

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Elaine Rubin of AAHC, +1-202-265-9600 Systems, leadership, management, and communication highlighted WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) today released Managing Emergency Preparedness: Academic Health Centers Organize and Innovate, a brief guide to enhancing institutional, system-wide approaches to emergency response. The brochure provides recommendations on effective ways academic health...

2008-08-29 09:01:03

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Alli Sherman, +1-202-835-7261, alli.sherman@ketchum.com, for Plan for Your Health HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While stocking up on bottled water and batteries is necessary to prepare for severe weather and unexpected disasters, people might not think about preparing their health benefitsin advance. Aetna encourages everyone to storm-proof their health and health benefits information, both of which should be readily accessible in times of...


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