Hurricane Preparedness Week: It Only Takes One

It only takes one storm to change your community. Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 15–21, is an opportunity to encourage preparedness on the part of individuals, groups, and organizations in our communities. Hurricanes and tropical storms cause high winds, flooding, and storm surges, which can have great effects on public health. Disease outbreaks, contaminated water, mold, and mildew are just a few of the issues local health departments (LHDs) must be ready to tackle in the wake of a storm.

Climate change is impacting the weather systems that create hurricanes. Experts predict that climate change will provide more frequent and intense storms. For the 2016 hurricane season, forecasters currently predict a total of 14 named tropical storms and eight hurricanes, four of which are expected to make landfall.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers tips and related links to help individuals prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Another great resource is #HurricaneStrong, a national hurricane resilience initiative by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, and NOAA. #HurricaneStrong encourages individuals to make a preparedness plan: know their evacuation zone, make sure their insurance coverage includes natural disasters, build a disaster supply kit, take steps to protect their homes, and learn how they can contribute to their community’s preparedness as well. Tap into the effort to engage and inform members of your community through #HurricaneStrong’s social media campaign.A prepared public health system can mean the difference between life and death in a disaster situation. Hurricane Preparedness Week is a great opportunity for us to take stock and be proactive in preparing ourselves and our communities to safely weather whatever storms may come.

[Excerpted from NACCHO Voice from the National Association of County and City Health Officials]

Public Health Advocacy Workshop May 19

WHAT: How Do We Advocate to Improve Health? An interactive learning session to improve our ability to make positive changes for health in our communities.

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

WHERE: Mercer County College

WHO: Public Health Professionals, Community advocates, and all who are interested in advancing policy changes to improve health Continuing education credits available for Health Officers, Environmental Health Specialists, Health Educators and other NJ licensed public health professionals.

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE ON NJLMN. Speakers to include an NJ state Legislator and experienced lobbyists and advocates. Please see details in the documents attached.

This meeting is approved for 6.25 Public Health CE credits.  CHES credits are pending.  If you want to received CE credits for attending the workshop, you need to both register on NJLMN and complete and send in the attached registration form.  Registration on NJLMN alone will not register you for the meeting.

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Comments on: Healthy People and Healthy Communities, Building a Culture of Change in New Jersey

Students at NJPHA Annual ConferenceWhen I first was invited to attend the public health seminar Healthy People and Healthy Communities, Building a Culture of Change in New Jersey, I was totally excited. I took the information regarding the seminar to my place of practice and requested the day off; they were approved right away. Although my major is Bachelorette degree in nursing, public health plays a vital part in what we do in communities.

Image of Healthy People Healthy Community courtesy of LBUCCWhen I initially thought of public health, I thought public and their health, public health extends far beyond that. Public health consists of cultural, behavior, environment and social; all these shape our environment. If prioritizing our health was ingrained in our culture to sustain health; building a culture of change here in New Jersey wouldn’t be so difficult to achieve, everyone would be on board and the expectations would already be ingrained in our minds and everyday living. Everyone’s perception of culture is different and how you live it, encouraging each other to live a “healthier lifestyle” and utilizing the resources that we have is all a part of Healthy People and Healthy Communities, Building a Culture of change. Public Health brings a great deal of challenges and commitment. I will be accessing the website for updated information regarding Public health issues and seminars, and to maintain awareness of Public Health.

Tonya Swindle
Kean University Student
Introduction to Public Health