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Celebra y Prepárate for Hispanic Heritage Month!

Posted by on September 26th, 2018 Posted in: Advocacy, Blog, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Public Health

September 15 marks the kickoff of Latino/a (Latinx), also known as Hispanic Heritage Month! Fun fact: the month of observing and honoring Latinx History started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and expanded to a full 30 days in 1988. In addition to celebrating our history, nurturing and rejoicing in our health is equally as important! We know filling our plates with healthy food choices and exercising are among the many ways to improve our health – but have you added preparing for disasters and emergencies to this list? When disasters or emergencies occur we may suffer from psychological or physical trauma, but organizing ourselves ahead of time may aid or prevent them if we do experience these events. September is also National Preparedness Month, and me siento muy excited (Selena fans will appreciate the joke), to share both Spanish and English resources available to help people create their personal plans.

The 2018 themes are found on Listo.Gov and listed below, along with coinciding resources and topics. Visit the links for more information and feel free to send me your thoughts and suggestions!

Planee Para Un Emergencia Foto

La imagen muestra a una mujer embarazada con una burbuja de pensamientos que contiene imágenes que representan elementos de los preparativos que se enumeran a continuación. Logotipo de Habilidades para Salvar Vidas en forma de salvavidas. Logotipo Listo con una marca de verificación.

Week 1: Make and Practice Your Plan

Week 2: Learn Life Saving Skills

  • Practice fire drills & escape plans.
  • Install natural gas & smoke detectors.
  • Gather supplies in case of power outages.

Week 3: Check Your Coverage

Week 4: Save For an Emergency

Do you feel ready if a disaster or emergency occurs? What resources or tools have you used to help you prepare? As this video demonstrates, you can’t add a disaster to your calendar ahead of time, but you can add your plan. So the next time you celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, take a moment to refresh your plan and ready yourself!

Nora standing next to the Discovery of Gold mural outside the Hispanic Reading Room in the Library of Congress

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Nora works as the Consumer Health Librarian for NNLM PSR at UCLA and is passionate about empowering people to participate in their healthcare by locating reliable health information. She is an advocate for recruiting traditionally underrepresented groups to health sciences librarianship.

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