Organizations, communities and individuals all want to be prepared for potential disasters as best as they can … and to help that process along, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has organized a new toolkit of prepared cell phone text messages which advise people about and in ways to protect their health and safety after a disaster.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) worked with state and local agencies to develop public health emergency text message content, and, make this content available to the many communities who already have text alert systems for emergency notification.

The text message toolkit is a collaborative effort of five U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ divisions: the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

All crisis and disaster recovery planning teams, whether in organizations or communities, need to be aware of this development — therefore, please pass this information along to your local community emergency and first responder teams, and, don’t forget to review you organization’s crisis and disaster management section of their business continuity plan to be certain it is current with these developments as well.

Click here to access these public health emergency text message toolkits along with other public service announcements (PSA’s)…..

And, if you believe that your local and state agencies have not yet registered their interest in using the toolkit, then ask that those agencies to register at publichealthemergency@hhs.gov.

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