August 16, 2019

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Join the next EPIC Webinar: Disasters—Keeping Volunteers, Workers, and Responders Safe


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August 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time

Are you helping clean up, rebuild, or support other response and recovery efforts after a flood, earthquake, storm, fire, or other disaster? If so, then it’s a good idea to be prepared and informed about how you can stay safe and healthy while responding. Join CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to learn how to reduce risk from injuries, chemical exposures, environmental hazards, and psychological stressors. CDC will host this webinar on August 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Closed captioning will be available.

More information on this webinar, previous EPIC webinars, and continuing education can be found on the EPIC Webinar website.

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Additional Learning Opportunities and Resources


CDC Yellow Pages Manual

CDC Yellow Book 2020

Interested in the latest travel health recommendations? View the CDC Yellow Book: Health Information for International Travel to answer your patients’, employees’, or your own travel health questions.

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Children Count in Disasters

Children are growing up in a nation and world affected by more frequent and intense disasters. The Natural Hazards Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered to provide to a wide audience a special collection of recent research on children and disasters. This collection includes original briefs from experts in public health, medicine, psychology, sociology, urban planning, and other disciplines. Read the articles in the series, Children and Disasters Special Collection.


Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide

Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

To maintain daily operations and patient care services, health care facilities need to develop a water supply plan in advance of an emergency. This 2019 revised Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide, available in both English and Spanish, can provide a road map for health care facilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a total or partial water supply interruption. It provides guidance to assess water usage, response capabilities, and water supply alternatives. Check out the updated guide and use it to make sure your facility is as prepared as it can be for water system interruptions. 

EPIC Exclusive



Americares worker

What is the mission of your organization?

Americares saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster, so they can reach their full potential. We reach more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine, and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies.

What is the role of your organization in a public health emergency?

Americares responds to approximately 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects, and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities.

A health-focused relief and development organization, Americares restores access to care for vulnerable children and adults. Our Emergency Response Team delivers critically needed medicine and relief supplies, deploys medical teams, and helps repair damaged health centers. Americares support helps local health centers keep their doors open to serve existing patients as well as meet the surge in demand for care during emergencies.

For more information about our emergency response work, please visit

How do you plan for emergencies?

Americares maintains readiness by stocking an emergency pharmacy of critical medicine and supplies, building strong relationships with an extensive network of hospitals and clinics worldwide, and providing ongoing training to a global roster of more than 300 response professionals who can deploy at a moment’s notice.

  • Americares emergency pharmacy includes medicine, medical supplies, and relief items most frequently needed in the aftermath of disasters. Products are staged in global distribution hubs for rapid mobilization.
  • Local organizations are always the first to respond in emergencies. Americares has strong relationships with more than 4,000 health centers worldwide and coordinates closely with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster during domestic emergencies, ensuring quick and effective responses.
  • Americares maintains a global roster of experienced personnel, including medical professionals, staff members from different programs, and logistics experts who participate in ongoing training and capacity-building activities to maintain readiness.

What is one experience or lesson learned that you have from an emergency response?

Americares has been responding to disasters worldwide for 40 years. Our experience has taught us to think global but act local, applying best practices to the unique disaster context. We focus on supporting local health care providers, whether  through training, staffing support, emergency shipments of medicine and supplies, or grant funding to meet immediate needs.

For example, during Hurricane Michael in 2018, Americares delivered more than $4 million in medicine and relief items to local partners in storm-impacted communities and provided grant funding to restore health services for survivors. Americares also opened a temporary medical clinic in Panama City, Florida, staffed by more than 30 volunteer doctors and nurses from a neighboring community to provide free primary care services to more than 800 patients. Working with local health workers provided valuable insight into the community’s needs and the challenges survivors faced.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to other EPIC partners?

Our advice is to invest in your team. Prioritize the time and energy needed to train and build the capacity of employees and volunteers to respond to emergencies, so team members have the resources needed to effectively—and safely—carry out their mission.  


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1600 Clifton Rd   Atlanta, GA 30333   1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)   TTY: 888-232-6348
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