Chemical informatio​n and the Jan 2014 West Virginia Elk River chemical release

From TOXNET: You may be aware from multiple news sources that little information was available about 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol at the time of the spill in West Virginia's Elk River earlier this month. Since the spill, government and private sector scientists have contributed to collecting and verifying information about the chemical. As a result, there is now … Continue reading Chemical informatio​n and the Jan 2014 West Virginia Elk River chemical release

WISER for Windows 4.5 now available

The National Library of Medicine's WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available. This new version of WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012. Here is a closer look at What's New in this release: Full integration of CHEMM content, which … Continue reading WISER for Windows 4.5 now available

Hospital preparedness and the Boston Marathon bombing

From the CDC's Public Health Matters Blog: In the last eight years, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has conducted 78 large scale emergency drills.  On the afternoon of April 15, immediately following the two bombs set off during the Boston marathon, it was time to put their well-practiced plans into action. Brigham and Women’s … Continue reading Hospital preparedness and the Boston Marathon bombing

A novel public health app – Plague Inc.

From the CDC's Public Health Matters blog: Plague Inc., an app created by James Vaughan, of Ndemic Creationslayers, allows players to select a pathogen and strategize how to evolve symptoms, transmit the disease, and counter actions taken by world governments and scientists.  If the interventions don't work and the disease is successful, players can watch as governments fall … Continue reading A novel public health app – Plague Inc.

Solving a communication gap with partners in preparedness

From the CDC's Public Health Matters blog: When asked, leaders in communities everywhere will say that communication is by far the biggest problem during an emergency. Communication is such a broad term that it does not pinpoint the problem. Is it actual communication systems like phone lines and cell towers? Is it the communication you … Continue reading Solving a communication gap with partners in preparedness

Advancing a city’s resilience, one neighborhood at a time

From the CDc's Public Health Matters Blog: Often a city‘s identity is attached to a significant event in its past, and for San Francisco that event is the Earthquake of 1906.  That fateful event, in which thousands perished and our City burned to the ground, captured the attention of the whole world. Its legacy forged … Continue reading Advancing a city’s resilience, one neighborhood at a time

Extreme weather, extreme outbreaks, and extreme science-based preparedness and response

From the CDC's blog, Public Health Matters: In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the news media has increased discussion and debate about what needs to be done in the future to better prepare our country for emergencies. Whether it’s another superstorm or the next H1N1, disasters are inevitable. Last year, 11 disasters surpassed $1 billion … Continue reading Extreme weather, extreme outbreaks, and extreme science-based preparedness and response

Fungal meningitis outbreak & response in Ann Arbor

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, MI, has been at the front line of the fight against one of the biggest ever U.S. outbreaks of fungal meningitis, a virulent infection not previously seen in humans, that has been traced to contaminated lots of injectable steroids. St. Joe’s has cared for 25% of the total number of … Continue reading Fungal meningitis outbreak & response in Ann Arbor

Special needs and tornadoes: A Joplin story

From the CDC's Public Health Matters blog: It’s been almost two years since a devastating tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri, and the community continues to rebuild.  Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to visit Joplin to learn more about The Independent Living Center -Joplin (TILC), one of seven programs chosen as a … Continue reading Special needs and tornadoes: A Joplin story