HHS released a tool kit of prepared cellphone text messages advising people how to protect their health after a disaster. The messages are designed for use as public service announcements.
HHS releases text-message tool kit
The messages include tips on avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning and checking and replacing prescription drugs as well as advice on staying safe around damaged buildings and flooded areas.
State and local agencies can distribute the new public health messages using existing cellphone emergency-message distribution systems and can sign up at [email protected] to receive alerts and updates as the content expands to offer tips for additional types of disasters, according to a news release.
The tool kit was developed by five HHS divisions: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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