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Hurricane Readiness and Recovery Information Available on CDC Web Site


News Advisory:

Reporters and editors needing information to help readers and viewers prepare for Hurricane Rita can access hurricane readiness and recovery information at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web pages at

Disasters, such as those caused by hurricanes, may have an impact on the mental health of people affected. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many communities may be facing a second blow as Hurricane Rita approaches. CDC has put together a Web page with disaster-related mental health resources at

Additionally, CDC and its state partners are campaigning to reduce post-storm deaths and injury from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Death or poisoning from CO exposure is a significant issue in the aftermath of hurricanes.

To prevent accidental CO poisoning, it is imperative that home generators and other CO producing devices be used outdoors and well away from homes. Recorded PSAs about CO poisoning hazards can be downloaded at

Text for PSAs about other hurricane issues are at

These topics are:

-- Preparing for Hurricanes: Prescription Medications

-- Evacuating the Area of a Hurricane

-- Staying Safe in Your Home During a Hurricane

-- Electrical Safety

-- Mold Prevention


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