Public Health Matters: 5 Big Lessons from 2016
Infographic: The Power of Preparedness
The Power of Preparedness
National Preparedness Month 2016
- The world has come together to better prevent, detect, and respond to health threats.
- About 2/3 of the world remains unprepared to handle a public health emergency.1
Prepare to Respond
- Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) bring experts together to make decisions quickly in emergencies.
- The CDC EOC has been activated more than 90% of the time in the last 7 years.2
- Preparing today can reduce the impact of future disasters.
- Nearly 2000 U.S. emergency responders have been trained in how to get critical medicines through the Strategic National Stockpile3
- In times of crisis communities have to help one another.
- Only 34% of people reported having volunteered to help during a disaster.4
- Plan for what to do in an emergency.
- Over 60% of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household.4
- Katz R, Dowell SF. (2015). Revising the International Health Regulations: call for a 2017 review conference. The Lancet Global Health, 3(7), e352-e353.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC): Fast Facts.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Public Health Preparedness: 2016 National Snapshot.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2014). Preparedness in America: Research Insights to Increase Individual, Organizational, and Community Action.