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September is Public Health Preparedness Month

September 11, 2001 was a wake up call to everyone in the nation—including those in public health—that we need to better prepare to respond to emergencies.

September 9, 2011

September 11, 2001 was a wake up call to everyone in the nation—including those in public health—that we need to better prepare to respond to emergencies. This year marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. NWCPHP is recognizing this important date by joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in promoting September as Public Health Preparedness Month. The CDC is providing a number of helpful resources and looking for stories of public health preparedness success:

  • CDC Learning Connection—What if you could find training around emergency preparedness topics all in one location? The CDC has compiled relevant trainings in one central location to help educate the public health community on all-hazards approaches to emergency preparedness and response. NWCPHP's online module, Mass Gatherings: Are You Prepared?, is among the featured tools!
  • Public Health Matters Blog—Each week in September this CDC blog will feature preparedness topics, including CDC stories about 9/11, reflections about preparedness changes since 9/11, and others.
  • Are You Prepared? Video Contest—This feature is all about publicizing your preparedness, whether you're an organization, an individual, or a zombie. CDC is calling for your 60-second video showing how you are prepared for any emergency. The winning video will be posted on the CDC homepage, the CDC emergency page, and the CDC streaming health YouTube channel.

NWCPHP is proud to support these, and other, activities for Public Health Preparedness Month. NWCPHP houses the Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (NWPERLC), which is one of 14 centers across the country funded by CDC to strengthen the capabilities of public health agencies and practitioners to respond to emergencies that affect the health of the population. NWCPHP also houses the Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NWPERRC), which focuses on communication during emergencies.

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