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From the ASPR Blog:  Do you know who in your community is most at-risk in a disaster?

When disasters strike, some people have a harder time making it through the disaster or bouncing back.  Does your community-based organization  know who is most at-risk in your community and do you have a plan to help when disaster strikes? Here are six critical challenges that many at-risk populations face in a disaster.  Learn More >>

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Winter Weather Preparedness Basics

Cold weather, ice and snow are coming to many parts of the country this weekend – including some areas that tend to be warm and sunny.  If it has been a while since you’ve had to worry about cold weather preparedness, take a few minutes to brush up on the basics, get a few supplies, and touch base with friends or neighbors who might need some help.  Learn More >>

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Avoid, Spot and Treat:  Frostbite and Hypothermia

In cold weather, the body starts to loose heat faster than it can be produced, which can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. Remembering some basics can help keep you healthy when temperatures drop.  If you are an older adult, work outside, or have a small child, take extra precautions.  Don’t drink alcohol or use illicit drugs.  Learn how to help someone with hypothermia or frostbite.  Learn More >>

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Planning to travel in 2017? Pack to protect yourself from Zika!

The beginning of the year is a great time to plan for travel.  Wherever your travels take you, plan to take care of your health and protect yourself from Zika. Finding out whether or not Zika is an issue at your destination is easy.  If it is, pack a few items to protect yourself and your family and take a few additional precautions to stay safe and healthy.  Learn More >>


PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan

The U.S. faces  a range of serious threats to its national health security from the deliberate use or accidental release of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents, as well as from naturally occurring and emerging infectious diseases. The Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) Strategy and Implementation Plan provides the blueprint for the PHEMCE to enhance national health security through  the development, procurement and planning for effective use of critical medical countermeasures.  Learn More >>


Let Her Learn – Fatima Goss Graves


Do you remember playing with your hair in class?

Lamya Cammon was only seven years old when her teacher cut off her braid for doing just that.

Unfortunately, her situation is not unique. Black girls of all ages are being unfairly disciplined in school. They are punished for wearing African head wraps or braids at a soccer game or even for reporting instances of sexual assault. We see more and more of these examples each day, and they all tell us the same thing: we are failing to support and protect Black girls in school.

Today we are releasing Let Her Learn, a video designed to shine a light on the stereotypes and biases affecting Black girls in school. Let Her Learn is a rallying cry, a chance for you to join us in the movement to end school pushout. But for this effort to be successful, we need your help.

Stand up for Black girls by watching and sharing this video on Facebook.

Here’s the bottom line: Children shouldn’t be punished for the color of their skin; for embracing their hair and cultural heritage; for the clothes they wear; for refusing to “act like a girl”; or for reporting harassment or assault in their schools. Now more than ever our girls deserve support and resources, not punishment.

Please take action with us today by sharing this video.

Together we can end school pushout once and for all.

Fatima Goss Graves
Senior Vice President for Program
National Women’s Law Center

on this day … 1/7/2017

USflag1327 King Edward II of England is deposed.
1558 The French, under the Duke of Guise, finally take the port of Calais from the English.
1785 Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American Dr. John Jeffries make the first crossing of the English Channel in a hydrogen balloon.
1807 Responding to Napoleon Bonaparte‘s attempted blockade of the British Isles, the British blockade Continental Europe.
1865 Cheyenne and Sioux warriors attack Julesburg, Colo., in retaliation for the Sand Creek Massacre.
1901 New York stock exchange trading exceeds two million shares for the first time in history.
1902 Imperial Court of China returns to Peking. The Empress Dowager resumes her reign.
1918 The Germans move 75,000 troops from the Eastern Front to the Western Front.
1934 Six thousand pastors in Berlin defy the Nazis insisting that they will not be silenced.
1944 The U.S. Air Force announces the production of the first jet-fighter, Bell P-59 Airacomet.
1945 U.S. air ace Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. is killed in the Pacific.
1952 French forces in Indochina launch Operation Violette in an effort to push Viet Minh forces away from the town of Ba Vi.
1955 Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House.
1975 Vietnamese troops take Phuoc Binh in new full-scale offensive.
1979 Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge are overthrown when Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
1980 US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation providing $1.5 billion in loans to salvage Chrysler Corporation.
1985 Vietnam seizes the Khmer National Liberation Front headquarters near the Thai border.
1985 Japan launches its first interplanetary spacecraft, Sakigake, the first deep space probe launched by any nation other than the US or the USSR.
1989 Prince Akihito is sworn in as Emperor of Japan, following the death of his father, Hirohito.
1990 Safety concerns over structural problems force the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be closed to the public.
1993 The Bosnian Army carries out a surprise attack on the village of Kravica in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.
1999 The impeachment trial of US President Bill Clinton opens in the US Senate.

Help Governor Cuomo protect our children – Sex offenders – Change.org

Petitioning Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate, New York State House, John Flanagan

43,000 New York kids will be sexually abused in 2017. Help Governor Cuomo protect them.

More than 43,000 children will be harmed by sexual abuse this year in New York State; and that will happen next year too unless we help Governor Cuomo get the Child Victims Act passed. Please add your name now.

Here’s the story of just one sex abuser, how the law protected him and put hundreds of other children at risk.

Louise VanWie, one of New York’s most dangerous sex offenders, is about to be released back into the community whose innocent children he preyed on. In 1997 when VanWie was charged with sexually abusing four children, police said he admitted to abusing hundreds of others. Authorities were inundated with phone calls from other victims. But, New York’s strict, five-year statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases stopped the police from charging VanWie with additional crimes. If they had charged him with hundreds of additional crimes his release would not be an issue today.

VanWie is only an exception because he was prosecuted. Nine out of ten sex offenders remain free on our streets, and even when they are reported there is nothing, absolutely nothing that the police can do about it.

Here are the facts:

  1. Currently 1 in 5 (22%) children are sexually abused (Source CDC) [1]
  2. It takes survivors an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse [2]
  3. Only 1 in 10 (10%) of people who sexually abuse children will see a day behind bars [3]
  4. Because they are protected by NY State laws called statutes of limitations.

What makes this worse, despite the VanWie case and countless other examples, state lawmakers have refused to change the statute of limitations, one of the shortest in the nation. New York bars child victims from proceeding with criminal charges or civil litigation once they turn 23.

Help Governor Cuomo protect our children. Add your name to this petition now.

Click this link for more information including how to protect your children from monsters like VanWie.


  1. Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) StudyVincent J Felitti MD, FACPA, , Robert F Anda MD, MSB, Dale Nordenberg MDC, David F Williamson MS, PhDB, Alison M Spitz MS, MPHB, Valerie Edwards BAB, Mary P Koss PhDD, James S Marks MD, MPHB
  2. Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse Among Male Survivors” by Scott D. Easton, December of 2013 Clinical Social Work Journal
  3. Robert Baker of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. 2008.