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Houston Area Red Cross

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Provider: American Red Cross
Descriptions: The Houston Red Cross provides location and contact information for its area chapters and indicates how to get help after a disaster, including an international service for finding family members. A number of downloadable, printable brochures are provided in English and Spanish, to aid citizens in preparing for various kinds of disaster situations, from hurricanes to hazardous substance releases to pandemics. The "Spotlight Links" give quick access to a number of these. The website includes safety tips for aquatic recreation, and information on classes in CPR and First Aid.
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Texas Department of State Health Services

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Provider: Texas Health and Human Services System
Descriptions: A very broad spectrum of useful health-related resources and information for Texas residents is presented or linked to by this website. Browse or search for information on state regulations, diseases, statistics, consumer product safety, food and drug safety, immunization, professional licensing, social services- and much, much more.
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FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health

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Provider: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Descriptions: This FDA portal for the medical device industry and consumers links the user to information on medical devices (both approved and recalled), medical imaging and radiation safety, full text regulations, and more.
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FCC Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau

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Provider: Federal Communications Commission
Descriptions: This federal agency's mission is: "To collaborate with the public safety community, industry and other government entities to license, facilitate, restore and recover communications services used by the citizens of the United States, including first responders, before, during and after emergencies by disseminating critical information to the public and by implementing the Commission's policy initiatives." The home page links to targeted sections for healthcare providers, persons with disabilities, first responders and 911 call centers. The website also clearly presents the reporting system to be followed in an emergency, including contact information of FCC officials. Sections on policy, emergency planning, hurricanes, pandemics, suggested planning activities for regions and states, links to state offices of emergency management, tips on communication in emergencies and more can be found here.
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Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (NIOSH)

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Provider: NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
Descriptions: The Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (ERSH-DB) is a rapidly accessible occupational safety and health database developed by NIOSH for the emergency response community. The ERSH-DB contains accurate and concise information on high-priority chemical, biological and radiological agents that could be encountered by personnel responding to a terrorist event." The website offers a number of ways to search chemical agents. For each substance or compound, the database supplies information on its characteristics, signs and symptoms, labeling and packaging; the possible means and routes of dissemination; protective gear needed in emergencies; first aid; and decontamination procedures for patients and responders.
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Texas Poison Center Network

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Provider: Texas Poison Center Network
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Descriptions: Texas legislators established the  TPCN to set up a network of six regional poison centers to provide emergency treatment information to Texas citizens for poisonings and toxic exposures. This site provides prevention and first aid information, fact sheets and materials for educational programs, information on poisonous plants and animals, and a useful selection of links to other relevant sites, including ASPCA's pet poisoning/prevention information. Publications are free to download, print or order. The general information brochure can be downloaded or printed here, in English and eleven other languages. A Recalls section links to lists of recalls of consumer products, pesticides, vehicles, foods and medicines.
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ConsumerMedSafety.org

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Provider: Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
Descriptions: This website comes from the nonprofit organization ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) in partnership with the FDA, the American Hospital Association, the Joint Commission of Healthcare Organizations and others. The ISMP aims to help prevent medication errors through collecting and analyzing reports of medication-related hazardous conditions, near-misses, errors, and other adverse drug events and making the information available to consumers and the health care community. Consumers are encouraged to contribute information here via a forum for reporting medication errors. This site offers a feature (free registration required) called "Get Your 60 Second Medication Check," which lists potential side effects, treatment duplication and drug interactions for various medications. Patient information inserts are also available full text, in .pdf format.
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CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response: Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

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Provider: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Descriptions: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides a website of useful fact sheets on the hazards of, and how to prepare for, natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires etc. with a particular focus on safeguarding health of people and pets in the aftermath of such events. Some sections are also posted in Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole and Portuguese.
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Ready America

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Provider: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Descriptions: "Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed" are the main headings here. Content is viewable in twelve languages other than English. Numerous checklists, brochures and documents are available for free download, to help citizens of diverse population groups in planning and preparing for a wide variety of disaster situations.
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PRIM&R: Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research

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Provider: Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research
Descriptions: Via publications and press releases, accreditation, education and networking activities funded through memberships, this organization promotes the ethical treatment of human and animal research subjects. Some of the white papers and general information are freely accessible, but much of the site is restricted to PRIM&R members.
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American Veterinary Medical Association: Disaster Preparedness

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Provider: AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
Descriptions: The AVMA has posted a large amount of detailed, very useful information on providing for pets and livestock in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency- before, during and after- in the form of printable brochures and a comprehensive booklet for animal owners called "Saving the Whole Family." These documents are provided in Spanish as well as English. For veterinary professionals, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Guide (over 400 pages) is freely available from the website for download or printing. A brochure aimed at veterinary practices and helpful for disaster planning is provided. See the AVMA Collections page for more publications and information on disaster preparedness. Selected links for both pet owners (pet care, FAQ's) and professionals (associations, government agencies) can be found here also.
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NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

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Provider: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Descriptions: The NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) website links or provides direct access to information on hazardous substances, permissible exposure limits and emergency procedures, as well as on other occupational safety issues. NIOSH publishes Alerts and a downloadable Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, its Manual of Analytical Methods, and databases like the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances.
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National Weather Service Forecast Office – Houston/Galveston, Texas

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Provider: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Descriptions: This is the National Weather Service page for our area. Contains various types of forecasts, imagery, tropical weather updates and more.
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Medical Product Safety Network (MEDSUN)

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Provider: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Descriptions: MEDSUN "...is an adverse event reporting program launched in 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The primary goal for MedSun is to work collaboratively with the clinical community to identify, understand, and solve problems with the use of medical devices. Over 350 health care facilities, primarily hospitals, participate in the entire MedSun network." There are MEDSUN sub-networks for various conditions and clinical settings in which medical devices are commonly used: HeartNet, HomeNet, KidNet (neonates), LabNet, SightNet and TissueNet.
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Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

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Provider: JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)
Descriptions: Established in 1951, the independent, non-profit Joint Commission provides accreditation and certification services for health care facilities-- hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, home health care providers, etc. and in diverse specialties ranging from critical care to behavioral health. The JCAHO "...seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value." To that end, it produces standards, goals, certifications, awards, quality reports and consumer resources. Standards address levels of performance in areas such as patient rights, patient treatment, medication safety and infection control. JCAHO publishes reviews, white papers, reports including an Annual Report, National Patient Safety Goals, its Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, and numerous newsletters, some of which are freely accessible here.
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Dietary Supplement Label Database

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Provider: National Library of Medicine
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Descriptions: Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) enables one to look up full label information and search for text within labels for all dietary supplements. Search by brand name, active ingredients or manufacturer. The information available may include adverse effects, mechanism of action and FDA warnings and recalls. Records for on- and off-market supplements are included. The aim is to provide label information for all supplements on the market, so that DSLD will serve as a resource for longitudinal studies on the trends in dietary supplement product availability and formulation in the U.S. as well as for the demographics of their use.
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FDA Maude Database

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Provider: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Descriptions: MAUDE stands for Manufacturer And User Device Experience. Each year, the FDA receives several hundred thousand medical device reports (MDRs) of suspected device-associated deaths, serious injuries and malfunctions. The FDA uses MDRs to monitor device performance, detect potential device-related safety issues, and contribute to benefit-risk assessments of these products. The MAUDE database houses MDRs submitted to the FDA by mandatory reporters 1 (manufacturers, importers and device user facilities) and voluntary reporters such as health care professionals, patients and consumers. Some information dates back as far as 1991. Updates are posted weekly. Zip file format of Maude data is available for downloading.
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