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September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning – for now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to current disasters (pandemic, fires, floods, hurricanes), there is no better time than now to create your preparedness plan.

By |September 8th, 2020|Disaster Response|Comments Off on September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month: Prepare today for tomorrow’s disaster

April is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time for Veterans and their families to plan ahead for what they may need to stay safe, healthy, informed, and independent during a natural or man-made disaster. While “April showers, bring May flowers” springtime down pours can cause major flooding in many parts of the country. There is no time better than now, to be prepared.Flooding is a coast-to-coast threat to the United States and its territories nearly every day of the year. If you know what to do before, during, and after a flood can increase your chances of survival.

By |April 4th, 2016|Guest Posts|2 Comments

Prepare to protect: Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love

Every year, the United States observes National Preparedness Month in September to remind Americans to be ready for any disaster that could affect them and their homes, communities and businesses. This month, we must each do our part — we must all prepare to protect

By |September 17th, 2021|Disaster Response|Comments Off on Prepare to protect: Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love

VA nurses weather the storm in service to Veterans

VA nurses expect challenges but on a Monday in August in Iowa this team faced a bigger challenge than they expected. Central Iowa was hit by a storm with winds reported over 90 miles per hour.

By |September 22nd, 2020|Coronavirus, Health, Inside Veterans Health|1 Comment

It’s hurricane season – don’t forget to plan for your pets

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. Did you remember to include your pet/service animal in your hurricane preparedness plan? Don’t leave your best friend stranded during a weather emergency.

By |June 23rd, 2020|Disaster Response|Comments Off on It’s hurricane season – don’t forget to plan for your pets

How VA operations have changed under COVID-19

EDITOR'S NOTE: This page is no longer being updated. For questions about how COVID-19 may affect your VA health care and benefit services, visit the coronavirus FAQS or read VA’s public health response. Please contact your VA facility before visiting.  VA operations are constantly changing due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. VA will update this page as new information becomes available. If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of [...]

By |April 14th, 2020|Comments Off on How VA operations have changed under COVID-19

Secretary: VA ready for COVID-19 pandemic

VA is ready for the COVID-19 pandemic, said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie during a White House press briefing March 18. “One of the things we do at VA is that we prepare for national emergencies, be they national emergencies or epidemics,” Wilkie said. VA has four specific missions. Three are Veterans health care, Veterans benefits and running national cemeteries. “Our fourth mission is to support the federal government in times of natural disasters and pandemics,” he said. Wilkie said VA is the “buttress force” if the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) needs medical professionals for crises.

By |March 18th, 2020|Coronavirus, Disaster Response, Top Stories, Uncategorized|36 Comments

The Vietnam Veteran and the journey home

For years I have kept on my desk a copy of a workup done in 1973 by a very insightful psychiatrist describing the case of a 26-year-old Vietnam Veteran.  At the age of 20 this young man had been drafted into the US Army, serving for a year with an infantry unit in Vietnam. The work-up describes numerous patrols and ambushes in which unit members [...]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Health, Top Stories|20 Comments
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