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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 Weather-Related Health Hazards

  • 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 Weather-Related Health Hazards

  • 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 Weather-Related Health Hazards

  • 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 Weather-Related Health Hazards

  • 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 Weather-Related Health Hazards

  • 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 Weather-Related Health Hazards

  • 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


Testing a process
Testing a Process Weather-Related Health Hazards


Thank you! Weather-Related Health Hazards

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Comments on Experimental Service:

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


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