Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Matters for Women[TM] E-Newsletter UpdateCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 11/07/2012 01:32 PM EST
November 7, 2012
Helping Communities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Athena
General and Pregnancy-Related Public Health ResourcesBelow are resources for those impacted by the disaster, helping family and friends, or assisting in the recovery of communities.
- 800-985-5990 - the Disaster Distress Helpline provides immediate crisis counseling and help to people affected by Hurricane Sandy (HHS/SAMHSA)
- 800-621-3362 (FEMA) - to apply for assistance, or visit http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
- Search for open shelters by texting: SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)
- Find a Red Cross Shelter
- Public Health Emergency Support
- Returning Home after a Disaster: Be Healthy and Safe
- Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Pregnant Women and Newborns:Pregnant women are classified as "at-risk individuals" in the 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. Research studies conducted after disasters in the United States have shown that pregnant women may have increased medical risks such as blood pressure disorders or anemia. Also, their infants may experience health issues such as low birth weight, shorter length, preterm birth, or smaller head size.
- Reproductive Health Assessment After Disasters - A Toolkit for U.S. Health Departments
To assist health departments with assessing the reproductive health needs of women aged 15-44 affected by natural and man-made disasters. Questionnaire topics include safe motherhood, infant care, family planning, family stressors and service needs, health and risk behaviors, and gender-based violence.
- Estimating the Number of Pregnant Women in a Geographic Area
Estimates of the number of pregnant women within a geographic area can provide the basis for preparing for and responding to the special needs of these women and their fetuses. This document describes the process to estimate the number of pregnant women in a United States jurisdiction at any given point in time. It also gives an example of how to calculate an estimate for a jurisdiction.
- Information for Pregnant Women - Fact Sheet
Information for pregnant women and families who may be preparing for an emergency, evacuating, or staying in a shelter. It also includes information about what to do after a disaster.
- For more information, visit Emergency Preparedness and Response: Pregnant Women and Newborns
Additional Info:Consider the special needs of the elderly, disabled, or small children.
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