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NWS & CDC – Working Together to Communicate Weather-Related Health Hazards. NWS: Michelle Hawkins, Fiona Horsfall , Duane Carpenter, Cindy Woods CDC: Vivi Siegel, Lisa Briseño , Niki Grimsley , Joanne Cox August 4, 2014. Health in NOAA. NOAA One-Health Working Group

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nws cdc working together to communicate weather related health hazards

NWS & CDC – Working Together to Communicate Weather-Related Health Hazards

NWS: Michelle Hawkins, Fiona Horsfall, Duane Carpenter, Cindy Woods

CDC: Vivi Siegel, Lisa Briseño, NikiGrimsley, Joanne Cox

August 4, 2014

health in noaa
Health in NOAA
  • NOAA One-Health Working Group
    • About 40 members across the agency
    • Developing NOAA-wide health strategy
  • NWS Health Team
  • NOAA-CDC MOU

Provides a formal cooperative framework to further collaborative efforts

    • Strengthen science and services to reduce environmental and public health threats
    • Promote the efficient use of shared technologies and infrastructure 
    • Enhance the accuracy, timeliness, and integrated application of data and information to address public health issues
nws cdc joint messaging
NWS & CDC Joint Messaging
  • This effort will:
      • Provide information on weather and climate related health hazards
      • Broaden the audience for CDC information
      • Support current NWS efforts to provide impact-based decision support services
  • NOAA and CDC strategy meetings resulted in a focused collaborative effort: Joint messaging on weather, water and climate related health events
cdc request during sandy
CDC Request During Sandy
  • NWS contacted by CDC Joint Information Center
    • JIC is a 24/7 emergency preparedness unit that is activated during public health emergencies
    • Develops, clears, and disseminates health messages to the public and at-risk audiences
  • Requested that NWS disseminate life-saving health information
    • Provide targeted information to areas impacted by power outages and flooding

Photo by Rosa Norman: CDC\'s Joint Information Center (JIC) during response to Japan earthquake, tsunami, and radiation release

nws cdc in action
NWS & CDC in Action
  • During Sandy, NWS and CDC collaborated on joint messaging
    • JIC provided life saving information on the use of generators, dangerous fumes, downed power lines, and harmful mold
    • NWS formatted the information for consistency and incorporation with NWS products
    • NWS facilitated engagement with field offices to transmit messages via normal channels and NOAA Weather Radio
developed special statements
Developed Special Statements
  • THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC):
  • IN THE WAKE OF SUPERSTORM SANDY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR CITIZENS TO REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE AND HEALTH AND THAT OF YOUR FAMILY:
  • * DRINK CLEAN, SAFE WATER AND EAT SAFE, UNCONTAMINATED FOOD.
  • * KEEP GENERATORS OUTSIDE AT LEAST 25 FEET FROM DOORS WINDOWS AND VENTS.
  • * DO NOT GRILL INSIDE YOUR HOME THE FUMES CAN KILL.
  • * NEVER TOUCH A DOWNED POWER LINE OR ANYTHING TOUCHING ONE.
  • * USE 1 CUP OF BLEACH FOR EACH GALLON OF WATER TO REMOVE MOLD.
  • * NEVER MIX BLEACH AND AMMONIA THE FUMES CAN KILL.
  • * WASHING YOUR HANDS PREVENTS ILLNESS.
  • * SEEK HELP IF HAVING TROUBLE COPING.
  • FOR MORE LIFE SAVING HEALTH RELATED INFORMATION CALL
  • THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AT 1-800-232-4636,
  • TTY 888-232-6348
  • HTTP://EMERGENCY.CDC.GOV/DISASTERS/
message dissemination
Message Dissemination
  • Messages were disseminated by Weather Forecast Offices
    • New York
    • Mt. Holly
    • Binghamton
    • Boston
    • Philadelphia
    • Charleston
  • Picked up by national and local media
  • Distributed on NWS social media sites
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Thank you!

Michelle.Hawkins[email protected]

[email protected]

Comments on Experimental Service:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notification/pns13sup-wx-info.htm

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