Category: Preparedness

Fight the Bite of Mosquitoes this Summer

Summer is here, and with it the pesky hassle of mosquitoes. This year, the threat of mosquitoes has been in the spotlight more than usual thanks to the Zika virus. There are many effective ways to avoid mosquitoes and prevent those annoyingly itchy mosquito bites. Eliminate Places Where Mosquitoes Live and Breed When we talk… Read more »

May 15 – 21 is Designated as Hurricane Preparedness Week

“It only takes one”. That is what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants you to remember about hurricanes. Only one storm can change your life and can change your community. Hurricanes and tropical cyclones are some of the most powerful, dangerous, and destructive storms that many will ever see. Proper planning and preparation… Read more »

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Did you know that May is designated as Asthma Awareness Month? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this lung disease affects over 22 million people living in the United States, including one in twelve children.  It causes three in five people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss… Read more »

Resources for National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23, 2016) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from serious vaccine-preventable disease like whooping cough, measles, and influenza. Immunization is a process by which a person becomes protected against a disease through vaccination. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available… Read more »

CCAoA and NAFCC Launch Emergency Preparedness Listserv

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) and the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) have launched a new emergency preparedness listserv for child care providers and operators, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) staff, emergency preparedness experts, and other interested individuals. The listserv will provide a forum for child care professionals from across the nation… Read more »

CCAoA Celebrates National Poison Prevention Week

Poisoning is the leading cause of injury or death in the United States. Fortunately, there are 55 poison control centers in the United States that provide free expert information and treatment advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Specially trained nurses, pharmacists, and physicians staff poison control centers and provide multilingual translation services… Read more »

Severe Winter Weather Threatens D.C., Baltimore

Emergency preparedness staff at Child Care Aware® of America are keeping a close eye on the weather. Based on the latest forecast models, the potential for a severe winter storm, starting this Friday, is very likely. Child Care Aware® of America staff have been in contact with our emergency management colleagues in Virginia, Maryland and… Read more »

Examining the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

The city of Flint, Michigan is home to nearly 100,000 residents. Throughout the past several months, these residents have been living a nightmare scenario: the water flowing out of their taps is not safe to drink. Problems began back in April 2014, when the city decided to switch their water supply from Detroit to Lake… Read more »

Developmental Monitoring and Screening Supports Healthy Child Development

All children are develop and learn at a different rate, but some children may need more play, practice or teaching of certain skills in order to master them. Developmental monitoring and screening can provide parents, caregivers and physicians reassurance that a child’s development is on track, or might signal that a child may need additional… Read more »

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to tobacco. Radon occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium. It is estimated that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Radon… Read more »

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