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Georgia Tech Shooting: 'He Might Have A Gun On His Hip,' Scout Schultz Says In 911 Call

Decatur Patch - 2 hours 39 min ago
"He may have a gun on his hip": Georgia Tech police release 911 call made by Scout Schultz moments before the student is shot dead.

DeKalb Animal Services Pets of the Week

Decatur Patch - 8 hours 22 min ago
Weekly Adoptable Pets at DeKalb Animal Services - Mr.Big

Missing Atlanta Woman's Car Found

Decatur Patch - September 19, 2017 - 5:10pm
The car of missing woman Jenna Van Gelderen has been found, he family says. She went missing on Aug. 19.

DeKalb Sheriff FIred For Allegedly Providing Contraband: Sheriff: ICYMI

Decatur Patch - September 19, 2017 - 2:27pm
Detention Officer Elizabeth Ashley Meta Young was arrested after an internal investigation into contraband at a DeKalb County jail​.

Georgia's Best Colleges For 2018: U.S. News & World Report

Decatur Patch - September 19, 2017 - 1:44pm
U.S. News & World Report has ranked the best universities for 2018. See which schools in Georgia made the list.

Salata Opening In Atlantic Station On Sept. 21 In Midtown

Decatur Patch - September 19, 2017 - 1:01pm
Fast-casual salad bar concept Salata is opening In Midtown's Atlantic Station on Sept. 21.

'WOW!" House: $515K Decatur Luxury TownHome Has 10-Foot Ceilings, Jetted Tub

Decatur Patch - September 19, 2017 - 8:10am
WOW House: This $515,000 luxury townhome in Decatur has a host of amenities, including jetted tub, hardwood floors throughout.

Long Term Care 101 – Tomorrow, Sept. 19th at 7PM

Be Active Decatur - September 18, 2017 - 2:31pm

Long Term Care 101

Tuesday, September 19th

7:00 PM

Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street)

 Learn the basics of long term care coverage and how to evaluate it to determine if it’s a proper fit for you. This seminar examines home health care, assisted living, nursing home care and how to build a policy to fit an individual’s needs. Learn how to evaluate Long Term Care coverage proposals from different providers.

Daily Performance Art To Highlight Domestic Violence Month In Atlanta

Decatur Patch - September 18, 2017 - 1:09pm
Daily performance art will take place around Atlanta to highlight Domestic Violence Month in October.

Preparedness and Response in Action: Stories from the States

CDC Public Health Blog - September 18, 2017 - 11:48am

CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement is a critical source of funding, guidance, and technical assistance for state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments to strengthen their public health preparedness capabilities.  Since 9/11, the PHEP program has saved lives by building and maintaining a nationwide public health emergency management system that enables communities to rapidly respond to public health threats.

The following stories are examples of how PHEP has equipped states for each of the four stages of preparedness: Ready. Steady. Show. Go!

READY: Planning for the inevitable

Often the emergency managers and public health professionals who respond to an emergency are personally impacted by the same event. The ability of emergency response staff to take action during a disaster is limited when they are stranded in their homes due to an ice storm, without power, or unable to make it into the office.

The Connecticut State Department of Health, led by Jonathan Best, took on the challenge to ensure that operations can run smoothly even when their own staff are directly impacted by an emergency. They developed the Red Sheet Program, which trains three people for every key position in the emergency management structure – a primary contact with two back-ups. This means the health department can be fully staffed and ready to respond to a crisis within 20 minutes.

STEADY: Solving two problems at once

As the saying goes, even the best laid plans often go awry. Planning is an essential part of any preparedness program, but it is often difficult to imagine every scenario and obstacle that may arise during an emergency. But we also know that practice is the best way to identify and address those gaps– and practice is exactly what the Oklahoma State Department of Health does to improve its preparedness programs.

In September 2016, the Oklahoma Strategic National Stockpile team prepared to conduct a full-scale exercise of its ability to distribute medical countermeasures – medications and other products used to prevent and treat health conditions that may arise during a public health emergency.  Before the exercise began, the state realized they had shipments of flu vaccines that they needed to distribute around the state and the team distributed the vaccines as part of their regularly scheduled exercise. The team transported 11,960 doses of vaccine to eight local health departments while simultaneously completing this practice exercise.

SHOW: Creating a culture of preparedness

Emergencies impact all sectors of health, and experts from across departments are often asked to weigh in, from epidemiologists, to laboratorians, to mental health experts. However, public health staff in these positions may not often consider their roles in an emergency situation.

To build a culture of preparedness across the entire Oregon Health Authority, the Emergency Operations Division provided all staff with a 72-hour emergency kit, worked to enroll staff in the Health Alert Network, and trained staff on the Incident Management System. Since this initiative, staff personally feel more prepared for an emergency, and more staff are now prepared to respond should the need arise. “The culture has shifted. People are now talking in the elevator about what they would do in the event of a large-scale disaster,” acting PHEP director Akiko Saito said. “If we can build this culture of preparedness here, then we’re better equipped to build community resiliency on a larger scale.”

GO! Putting plans into action

While we all hope that emergencies never occur, they are inevitable and the true test of any preparedness system. Washington experienced an outbreak of mumps that affected more than 800 people of all ages in late 2016 and early 2017.

During this outbreak, the state and local health departments in Washington investigated new cases, advised local school districts on prevention measures, and developed culturally appropriate risk communication materials. Due to a robust preparedness system and the efforts of the health department staff and partners, more than 5,000 more people were vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella compared to previous years.

For 15 years, PHEP has been there, from Katrina to SARS; Joplin to H1N1 influenza. To find out more about how the PHEP program has equipped jurisdictions to prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies, check out our Stories from Field.

Read our other National Preparedness Month blogs:

Man Found Shot To Death In DeKalb Basement

Decatur Patch - September 18, 2017 - 11:34am
A 30-year-old man was found shot to death early Monday in a DeKalb County basement, according to news reports.

Check Out the Site Plan For the New Bank of America Property Development

Decatur Metro - September 18, 2017 - 10:44am
Decaturish has a summary of the property owner’s plan to build a 232 unit mixed use development at the current Bank of America site at the corner of Church Street and Commerce Ave. The site plan above, from the city commission agenda for tonight’s meeting, give a sense of how new buildings will be situated […]

Celebrate Car Free Day This Friday!

Be Active Decatur - September 18, 2017 - 10:04am
International Car Free Day is September 22

On Friday, September 22, the City of Decatur will join with people across the globe to participate in World Car Free Day – a time for community members to come together to explore the benefits of walking, biking, using public transit and carpooling to get us where we need to go.

Celebrate with us on the Old Courthouse Square from 11 am until 1 pm. Learn about alternative modes of transportation from GA Commute Options, MARTA, the Lifelong Community Board, Emory Cliff Shuttle, Active Living and more.

Receive a special Car Free Day sticker and a light for walking at night just for stopping by.

Take the Car Free Pledge!

Pledge to go Car Free. All participants who pledge no later than midnight on Thursday, September 21 will be entered into a drawing for two Decatur Wine Festival Tickets, compliments of the Decatur Arts Alliance. Winner will be announced on September 22.

Take the pledge here.

5 Things To Know About Scout Schultz: Georgia Tech Student Killed By Police Officer

Decatur Patch - September 18, 2017 - 9:48am
Scout Schultz, a Georgia Tech student, was shot and killed this weekend by police while allegedly holding a knife on campus.

Georgia Weather Forecast: When Will It Rain In Metro Atlanta This Week?

Decatur Patch - September 17, 2017 - 5:49pm
We've got a couple of sunny days in the forecast this week, and a few when we could see some showers and thunderstorms.

Airbnb Says 232 Homes In Southeast Opened For Free During Hurricane Irma

Decatur Patch - September 17, 2017 - 4:39pm
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Airbnb says 232 homes were reserved for free in the storm-affected states.

Hurricane Irma: Georgia Extends Tax Relief To Storm-Affected Residents

Decatur Patch - September 17, 2017 - 3:21pm
The Georgia Department of Revenue says those affected by Hurricane Irma will get tax relief.

Stories From Hurricane Irma: Some Escaped The Storm In Georgia, But Tragedy Still Struck

Decatur Patch - September 17, 2017 - 11:13am
Days after metro Atlanta was walloped by the remnants of Hurricane Irma, stories of survival, triumph and unfortunately tragedy, emerge.

At Home: August Market Snapshot, Impact of Childless Households & Beltline Founder’s Loft

Decatur Metro - September 17, 2017 - 11:02am
Photo by OneStop Pro Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric via Houzz Atlanta Real Estate Market Snapshot – August 2017 [ARA] Childless Households Shape Real Estate Trends [Realtor Mag] September Seasonal Gardening Calendar [Walter Reeves] City of Atlanta to Fund Affordable Housing Design Competition [Atlanta Agent Magazine] The Annual Home Maintenance Checklist [NYT] More Power To You: […]

Good News! Shaq Surprises Local Police | Scholarship Semifinalists| County Fairs Open

Decatur Patch - September 17, 2017 - 10:18am
Good news stories from Georgia's Patches also include crated dogs that were rescued from a house fire in Gwinnett County.
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