5 Tips on How to Prepare for a Disaster on a Budget

Whenever I think about emergency preparedness, it sounds like a lot of work and a lot of money. When money is tight, it’s hard to make emergency preparedness a priority. Since it is National Preparedness Month, I decided to find ways to help save money while preparing for an emergency. Here are a few tips […]

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5 apps to conquer your emergency preparedness procrastination

If you’re like me, you’ve been reading the coverage of the hurricanes and feeling like you should do something to be prepared for disasters. Preparing for an emergency sounds like a huge task and I didn’t know where to start. But, since it is National Preparedness Month, I want to share some apps that helped […]

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2017: Take a minute, change a life

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide, making suicide a public health problem that greatly impacts those individuals, their loved ones, and communities across the world. Despite the work of public health agencies, law enforcement, non-profit groups, and community organizations we are still seeing staggering […]

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Air quality and health update

From Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) and the health departments of Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap counties,  who are committed to providing residents with health information to make decisions for their families: Yesterday, smoke was high up in the air, leaving our ground-level air cleaner than it looked. But pollution levels on the ground […]

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Survivor Tales: Eye Over Houston

Several years ago, local comics artist David Lasky and I created this comic book about Michelle, a real-life survivor of Hurricane Ike that struck Texas in 2008. We offer it now as we’re collectively thinking of those affected by Hurricane Harvey as part of National Emergency Preparedness month. Even though we don’t have hurricanes here, […]

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Acts of nature are public health emergencies

The news from Hurricane Harvey has been heart wrenching. Among the memorable images that emerged was one of nursing home residents sitting in wheelchairs, waist-deep in flood water as they waited for help to arrive. As reported by the New York Times, among the thousands of posts to volunteer rescue groups were common pleas such […]

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