Friday, April 19, 2013

2013 Vulnerable Populations Preparedness Symposium
Tuesday, May 14  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Memphis Botanic Gardens

presented by The Shelby County Health Department's 
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program

This is excellent training for any individual, nonprofit, or church group that is interested in providing assistance to members of vulnerable populations before, during or after an emergency or disaster. Vulnerable populations include individuals with mental illness, visual impairment, hearing impairment and functional needs. Vulnerable populations also include kids, non-English speakers, and many other individuals. Training is FREE and open to public, but advance registration is required.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Family Communication in Emergencies

Our prayers go out to everyone injured in the explosions at the Boston Marathon this afternoon and to all the friends and family members desperate to confirm that their loved ones are alright. Mid-South VOAD offers training and tips for responding and recovering to all types of disasters, both natural and man-made. Here's a tip for how families can best communicate with each other during a disaster or emergency:
Designate a friend or family member who lives outside your region for family members to check in with. Long-distance calls will often go thru when local lines are clogged. Also tweet and text whenever possible because they take up less space in the communication systems. Everyone should check in with the mutual contact rather than trying to contact each other.