Friday, October 14, 2016

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services. Public Health Emergency Weekly Report. October 14, 2016

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From the ASPR Blog: Better preparing for future Ebola outbreaks globally

The Ebola outbreak of 2014 highlighted the urgent need for drugs that could help patients survive infection and that could be used to help limit the spread of this deadly virus. ASPR is working with its partners in government, industry, and around the globe to develop medical countermeasures that are effective and a roll-out plan for the drug that is efficient and culturally appropriate in West African countries, including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Learn More >>
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Preventing mold growth after a hurricane or flood

This week, Hurricane Matthew slammed into the east coast.  The storm's impacts were felt after the hurricane passed, as floodwaters covered many areas.  In the past 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.  Whether you are trying to recover from Hurricane Matthew or you want to make sure that your family is ready if your home is ever flooded, take some time to learn about removing mold and cleaning up safely after a disaster.  Learn More >>
A guy wearing protective gear while removing mold.

Helping children cope with disasters

After a disaster strikes, children rely on parents, caregivers and teachers more than ever for reassurance and guidance.  But telling whether or not children are stressed after a disaster and finding ways to help them can be hard.  Some children react right away; others may show signs that they are having a difficult time much later. Learn how you can spot common signs of stress and help children cope with disasters. Learn More >>
Mother comforting her stressed daughter

Be ready to step in when seconds count.  Learn to stop the bleed.

No matter how quickly professional emergency responders arrive, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes.  By learning how to apply a tourniquet, you could help save someone's life.  You can learn to apply a tourniquet in just three easy steps.  Take 5 minutes and learn this lifesaving skill.  Learn More >>
Applying a tourniquet

Preventing the spread of Zika after your trip

Have you traveled to an area with Zika? Help prevent the spread of the disease after your trip—even if you don’t feel sick. Take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks after visiting a destination with Zika to make sure you don’t spread it to mosquitoes in your area. Because Zika can also be spread through sex, you should use condoms after travel, especially if your partner is pregnant. If your partner is pregnant, use condoms or don’t have sex for the rest of her pregnancy. If you feel sick after travel, talk to your doctor.  Learn More >>
Aedes Aegypti Mosquito

Children, the flu, and the flu vaccine

The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.  Most children who die from flu have not been vaccinated.  You have the power to protect your family from flu this season by getting vaccinated and making sure everyone in your family 6 months and older gets their yearly flu vaccine too.  Learn More >>

Child being vaccinated


Donations for Humanitarian Assistance within the U.S. BEWARE OF SCAMS.

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Beware of Charity Scams and Fraud
When disaster hits, communities rally to support those affected. If you're interested in helping those distressed by Hurricane Matthew, visit USA.gov.
If you decide to donate money to charities, make sure you do your due diligence on the charity you're giving to. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is especially warning Florida residents to be aware of scams and price gouging.
Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Matthew
Did you know the IRS offers special tax law provisions to help you recover financially from the impact of a disaster?

Find guidance on
disaster assistance and emergency relief, including how to amend tax returns or file an extension.
Get information and tools for frequently requested tax benefits—relief, incentives, and more—at USA.gov.
Filed a Tax Return Extension?
The IRS has an important reminder for taxpayers who filed for an extension and face an October 17 filing deadline: the adjusted gross income (AGI) amount from your 2014 return may be needed to electronically file a tax return.
The IRS reminds all taxpayers that they should keep a copy of their tax returns and supporting documents for a minimum of three years. Going forward, keeping copies of tax returns is even more important as the IRS makes changes to protect taxpayers and authenticate their identity.

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