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A Citizen’s Eye View of Public Preparedness

With H1N1 Flu News Breaking All The Time (& From All Over The World), Volunteer “Newshounds” Are Helping Collect/Analyze/Translate It For The Benefit Of Their Fellow Citizens

October 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

With news on H1N1 coming in fast and furious — and from all corners of the world — Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary highlights the volunteer citizens who are helping to gather and analyze it for their fellow members of the public. In his post “Drinking From The Fire Hose,” Coston writes:
“With flu season [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Resources · Volunteer Opportunities

Obama Declares H1N1 “National Emergency” To Help Health System Respond To Surge In Cases

October 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

President Obama has signed a proclamation declaring the H1N1 flu a “national emergency,” according to Reuters:
The proclamation, which Obama signed Friday night, will make it easier for U.S. medical facilities to handle a surge in flu patients by allowing the waiver of some requirements of Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health insurance programs as needed, [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · President Obama · Public Health Preparedness

Women Making More Of An Effort Than Men On H1N1, According To Red Cross Survey, But Overall Both Genders Preparing For Flu Outbreak; Also Finds 1 In 5 Households Includes Someone Who Has Gone To Work Or School When Sick

October 21st, 2009 · No Comments

A new American Red Cross survey has found that women seem to to be making more of an effort on H1N1 prevention than men, but that most Americans are preparing for a new flu outbreak. The poll also revealed that one in five households includes a member of has gone to work or school when [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Reports · Public Opinion · Red Cross

“If You Get Sick, Pledge To Yourself: ‘This Germ Stops With Me.’ Don’t Pass It Forward”

October 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Michael Coston at the Avian Flu Diary had another helpful post today in which he highlighted a good citizen H1N1 prevention idea from Seattle’s Carol Dunn (also a terrific preparedness resource).
She suggests that when it comes to the flu every American should make this commitment: “If you get sick, pledge to yourself: ‘This germ stops [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Ideas

For The Public On H1N1, Finding “A Measured ‘Middle-Ground’ Approach”

October 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In a recent post ‘An Appropriate Level Of Concern’ on his very helpful blog Avian Flu Diary (AFD), Michael Coston, asks and answers a key question a lot of people have about the H1N1 flu:
“Just how concerned should the average (insert your nationality here, AFD gets visitors from more than 100 countries) be about this [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Ideas

As H1N1 Vaccine Program Begins Public Roll-Out, Some Useful Articles And A Webinar

October 6th, 2009 · No Comments

With the start of H1N1 vaccine distribution yesterday, there were a number of useful articles (and one webinar) I thought I would post and excerpt:
* “Swine Flu Reaches An Anxious Nation” – (New York Times)
“The fear of swine flu is being compounded by new worries, this time among primary care doctors who say that they [...]

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Tags: Media · Pandemic Flu

‘Rap Doctor’ Credits Twitter, Other Social Media For Helping Him Win Flu.Gov Video H1N1 PSA Contest; Will Donate $2500 Prize To Shriners Hospital

October 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

In an interview this week, the winner of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) H1N1 Flu Preparedness PSA Contest, Dr. Jon Clarke, says support on Twitter and other social media was crucial to him getting the highest number of votes. “H1N1 Rap By Dr Clarke.” was chosen from among the 10 finalists on YouTube [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · Preparedness 2.0

Govt./Media Highlighting Of Model (Large & Small) Business H1N1 Plans Will Help With Flu Prep

September 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the most challenging aspects in the effort to plan for a possible H1N1 pandemic is dealing with the business sector. Unlike schools, there is no central managerial authority to make and implement policies; guidelines have to be created and implemented on a firm by firm basis. It will also have to [...]

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Tags: Business Preparedness · Media · Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Models

At Crisis Workshop, Napolitano Says Media (Incl. Twitter) “Can And Need To Be An Accurate Source Of Information” When “Rumors Spread Or As Conspiracy Theories Abound” On H1N1, Terrorism

September 24th, 2009 · Comments Off

Speaking to a workshop on crisis communications yesterday, DHS Secretary Napolitano said both ‘old’ and ‘new’ media “can and need to” continue to address the accuracy of rumors and conspiracy theories on homeland security issues such as H1N1 and terrorism. In her remarks, she also outlined some other news/information challenges faced by the media as [...]

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Tags: Department of Homeland Security · Media · Preparedness Events

“H1N1 Rap By Dr. Clarke” Wins HHS Citizen Flu Prevention PSA Contest; Video From “Hip Hop Doctor” Will Get National Play

September 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this morning that “H1N1 Rap By Dr. Clarke” by Dr. John Clarke of Baldwin, New York is the winner of the Flu.Gov PSA contest. “H1N1 Rap” was chosen by the public from among 10 finalists with more than 50,000 votes cast. Dr. Clarke’s video was ‘endorsed’ by this blog and was [...]

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Tags: Contests · Pandemic Flu · Preparedness Advertising