May 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A recent survey sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) indicates that about a third of Americans have made no preparations for a public health emergency and nearly 90% have prepared less than they think they should.The APHA survey, released in April at an expert roundtable discussion during National Public Health Week, was recently posted on the association’s Web site. The online survey was conducted in February by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, based in Washington, DC. It included 925 adults and sought the input of several specific groups, including mothers with children younger than 5, hourly wage workers, and adults who have chronic medical conditions.The survey group also polled 120 employers and 150 school superintendents and interviewed a small group of regional food bank administrators and local food panty and soup kitchen managers.Among the survey’s key findings:Thirty-two percent of the public have taken no special steps to prepare for a public health emergency that could leave them short of food, water, or medication.An 87% majority said they knew they had not done enough and could do more to prepare for a public health emergency.Forty percent of respondents said they had taken steps to prepare in the past, such as after the Sep 11 terrorist attacks, but had since let their plans lapse.More than a quarter (27%) said they were prepared for an emergency, but only about half (14%) had the 3-day supply of food, water, and medication currently recommended by the American Red Cross for general disaster planning.Close to half—46%—of respondents had not assembled a disaster supply kit.Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the APHA, said in a press release that the survey findings show public health officials have a long way to go to prepare the nation for public health emergencies.”No one can predict where the next natural disaster, major storm, or disease outbreak will strike, but when it does, it is likely to disrupt basic services, leaving people without electricity, water, food or needed medications,” he added.In the press release, the APHA said the survey shows that several vulnerable subgroups are lagging in their emergency preparedness efforts. For example, 58% of mothers with young children said they did not have a 3-day supply of water for their families, and only 61% of people with chronic health conditions had at least a 2-week supply of medication.The 17-page survey report says the term “public health crisis” does not resonate with people, though respondents reported being are concerned about specific events, such as natural disasters, that might lead to one. Only 26% thought that a public health crisis would affect their family in the next year or two, but 57% thought a severe storm might strike their area in the next few years, 47% thought an infectious disease outbreak such as the flu is likely, and 43% believed a foodborne disease outbreak is likely.In other findings, researchers reported that only 37% of employers believed that a public health crisis would affect their business during the next few years, and only 18% said they could continue paying their employees if business operations were interrupted. Though 63% of employees realized they might not be paid during a public health crisis, only 15% had saved enough money to provide for their families if such an event occurs.School administrators generally reported a high level of preparedness in the form of evacuation, communication, and community sheltering plans, but few said they had enough drinking water or food to last students for 3 days.Representatives of regional food distribution centers said they had devoted a lot of time and resources to preparedness planning, but those from local pantries or food shelves reported they were not prepared for public health emergencies, according to the APHA.All groups that were surveyed said cost was a major barrier to their preparedness actions.Greg Dworkin, MD, one of the editors of the FluWiki, an interactive pandemic planning Web site, told CIDRAP News he commends the APHA for commissioning the survey and said it’s important to gauge the public’s preparedness opinions from time to time, rather than making assumptions.The survey results suggest that preparedness messages are getting through to the public, but that people are not following through with action, said Dworkin, who is chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. “That’s a real problem: the public hears the information, but the next question is how they process it,” he said.Some public health officials are overly concerned that the public will overreact or panic if they use specific terms when referring to public health threats, but not using specific terms represents a missed opportunity, Dworkin asserted. “The message has to be crystal clear. Say ‘pandemic’ if that’s what you mean,” he said.Also, it likely takes sustained, high-profile, and consistent messages to successfully persuade the public to prepare for public health emergencies, Dworkin said. “It’s a marathon, rather than a sprint,” he added.See also:APHA press release
Gulf Marine Services has been awarded 15 years worth of contracts for three self-propelled self-elevating support vessels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with an undisclosed national oil company.GMS on Tuesday said the new charters were for for one Small Class and two Mid-Size Class SESVs.The charters, subject to the completion of legal documentation and finalization of the vessel delivery schedule, are expected to start in Q4 2018/Q1 2019.The charter period for each of the three vessels is five years (including options) during which time they will be supporting well intervention and maintenance activities in the region.Tender activity picks upDuncan Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of GMS, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded new charters totaling 15 years (including options) by a national oil company in the MENA region.“These contracts more than comfortably double the Group’s secured backlog and are a testament to our strong track record and excellent client relationships. We continue to be encouraged by levels of enquiries and tender activity as our clients focus on increasing their operations in a recovering market.”
Batesville hits the ball well tonight with 11 hits and 15 total runs to win 15-3 against The South Dearborn Knights.Bulldogs vs. South Dearborn Baseball (5-20)Batesville Varsity record is 15-7.Next game will be a Doubleheader against Lawrenceburgon Thursday (5-22) at Liberty Park with Game 1’s 1st pitch at 5 PM.Submitted by Batesville Coach Alex Davis.
Welcome home, friends.That’s directed at everyone, not just returning Badgers. And for you freshmen and transfer students, it will sound right soon enough.Hopefully you’re reading this because you’ve got a love for Wisconsin sports. And hopefully you will continue to pick up this paper because we here at Herald Sports are striving to bring you some of the best sports coverage this city has to offer. Whether it’s football, basketball, soccer or tennis, we’re confident you can count on us to cover it better than anyone else.That’s really the beauty of it; no matter what sport you’re interested in, chances are the Badgers are performing well in it and will continue to do so.CBS Sports recently ran a series it called “The Flourishing Five.” Sportsline looked at the nation’s Division I schools and tried to rank the top five schools with the best combined football/basketball programs. To the surprise of some and outrage of others, UW clocked in at No. 4 in those rankings, behind Florida, Texas and Ohio State.Judging by the comments left by the all-knowing sports gurus that populate the CBS Sports community, there is some discontent when it comes to Wisconsin’s spot on that list.Haters gonna hate, I suppose.But the more you examine it, the more UW’s ranking makes sense. You might not put the Badgers that high on a football-only list, or on a basketball-only poll. But how many schools have the rare one-two punch of successful programs in both sports?If you’re building a short list, it probably looks about the same as the one CBS published. You could make cases for West Virginia or Oklahoma maybe, or USC, but where to after that?You can argue the Badgers are never in the national title discussion in either sport; UW hasn’t been to a BCS Bowl since 2000, or to a Final Four since that same year. Wisconsin is never a sexy pick, often because running the ball up the gut is about as attractive as the swing offense, which is about as attractive as a block of cheddar cheese (Some people really like cheese though – I don’t judge).On the other hand, UW has averaged 9.5 wins since Bret Bielema took over the football team. Wisconsin has played in four January bowl games since 2005 and dominated a hyped Miami team in last year’s Champs Sports Bowl.On the hardwood, all Bo Ryan has done is make the NCAA tournament, year after year after year. Ryan took over where Dick Bennett left off, and UW’s tournament appearance streak is at 12 straight years now. For reference, the only teams with longer active streaks are Kansas, Duke and Michigan State.An important thing to remember is these rankings took into consideration the past five years and the outlook for the next five. Yes, Bielema needs to legitimize Wisconsin football by winning a BCS bowl – and he could do that this year. Sure, Ryan hasn’t gotten the Badgers to the Elite Eight since 2005, but as long as he keeps making the tournament, he gives UW a chance to do so. There are few reasons to assume UW won’t at least maintain the same level of success. The Badgers might not be the first team you think of when talking about college football or basketball, but there’s something to be said of consistent successuccess.All things considered, Wisconsin packs a pretty powerful double-whammy. But what’s even better is the Badgers boast the vaunted trifecta, once you add men’s hockey to the list.Forget for a second the Badgers looked like the JV squad from the Minnesota School for the Blind against Boston College in the national title game in April. Instead, recall how Wisconsin owns six championships in men’s hockey — only three schools boast more, Minnesota notably not one of those three. And while the Badgers don’t overwhelm you with alumni in the NFL, and are especially sparse in the NBA, Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski and Adam Burish can tell you a few things about succeeding at the next level.Keep looking and it gets more impressive. Mark Johnson and the women’s hockey team own three of the 10 national titles in the sport, and were close to winning four in a row. Ed Nuttycombe has made the Badgers the standard for Big Ten success in men’s track and field since he took over the program – winning the track triple crown (cross country, indoor and outdoor titles) in nine of the past 14 years. In 2007, UW became the first Big Ten school to win a national title in track and field, notching the indoor championship.Over in the Field House, Pete Waite looks to be on track to get Wisconsin back into the NCAA tournament groove in volleyball and UW is a trendy pick this year in women’s soccer. And if for whatever reason, you happen to be a fan of rowing, UW gives you ample opportunity to cheer on that front as well. As far as atmosphere, Badger fans not only come in droves to games, but bleed cardinal and white. UW consistently ranks tops in attendance in men’s and women’s hockey, volleyball and sells out Camp Randall regularly.There’s a lot to love about Wisconsin athletics, no matter what you’re into. And even better, there’s a lot to brag about when it comes to the Badgers, so you’re covered there as well. There are few schools as well-rounded as UW when it comes to sports — and here at the Herald, we’re hoping to be just as balanced in our coverage. Whether it’s in print or online, we’re going to do our best to give you the most extensive coverage of the Badgers — all of the Badgers — you’ll find. So crack open an ice cold Genny Light, sit back and enjoy the semester.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Want to debate UW’s athletic success? 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Everton have sacked their Dutch manager, Ronald Koeman, less than 24 hours after the Merseyside club were thrashed 5-2 at home in their English Premier League (EPL) clash.The new development was confirmed via a statement which said the club “would like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months”.The former Southampton and Valencia manager leaves the club in 18th position on the Premier League table after winning just two of the first nine league games of this season.Ronald Koeman becomes the third managerial casualty of the season after Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City).Related