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CDC issues guidance on storm recovery

CDC issues guidance on storm recovery
From Reuters - September 20, 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been using multiple channels to get the word out about post-storm safety to residents of areas still reeling from the effects of recent hurricanes.

Short-term we are concerned about injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, gastrointestinal problems because of contaminated water or food, mold is a concern and just general infection control-type things, Dr. Sven Rodenbeck, acting incident manager for the CDCs response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. Longer term, probably the biggest thing is mental health.

In addition to sending personnel and supplies to areas hit by the hurricanes, the CDC, through its Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, has been posting advisories on topics ranging from safe chainsaw use to post-trauma mental health on Twitter and Facebook.

The CDC is also partnering with businesses to promote safety, Dr. Rodenbeck said, for example by working with Home Depot and Lowes to make sure that carbon monoxide monitors are stocked right next to where generators are sold.

Being prepared for hurricanes - or any disaster - can make the aftermath a bit easier, but the CDC notes that just half of U.S. adults have an emergency plan in place or a stock of emergency supplies. The agency provides detailed step-by-step guidelines on emergency planning and preparedness at bit.ly/2xeGwR5.

Key elements of hurricane preparedness include:

- Making an emergency plan

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