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10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.

HIV crisis facing black women in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is sounding the alarm.

Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV -- so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries. 

Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)

Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342 

DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983 

Clayton: 847 and 943 

Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288 

Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041

In another study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases among women. That's 15 times higher than white women and four percent higher than Hispanic women.

Seasonal flu vaccines still available to public in Cobb and Douglas counties

Cobb County - Cobb and Douglas Public Health staff is encouraging the public to show loved ones they care by adding one more gift to their list — flu vaccines. CDPH continues to offer annual flu vaccines to everyone six months and older at all public health centers.

This year's flu vaccine includes protection against three different viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. The cost is $20 and children without health insurance and children with Medicaid PeachCare are eligible for a sliding fee. Some insurance policies cover the entire cost, with no co-pay required. Appointments are not required. Health department staff also recommend pneumonia shots for people more than 65 years old or anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system.

In addition to vaccination, individuals can also reduce risk of getting the flu by following a few steps:

Give blood this holiday season

Give blood this holiday season

ATLANTA -- In response to the desperate need for blood donations nationwide, Piedmont Healthcare will hold a blood drive this Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh no less than 110 pounds; they must also not have given blood in the past 56 days.

Everyone who participates will receive a Piedmont Healthcare T-shirt and be registered to win two tickets from Delta Air Lines.

The blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2727 Paces Ferry Road, Building 2, Suite 400 in Vinings. Parking in the deck is free for visitors.

Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment time.

March Of Dimes: Nurse Of The Year

Watch as we go behind the scenes of the March Of Dimes award show for Nurse Of The Year. Who won this great honor? Watch and find out!

For more stories like ths one visit http://www.ConnTV.com!

LOCAL PROFILE: Turkey Day Fitness Tips


ATLANTA – Next week marks the start of the season many of us look forward to, year round. People love this season, dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year”, for a number of reasons. For children it could be the toys and gifts they receive or the annual visit to Grandma’s house. Or for adults it could be the abundant holiday cheer or the abundant holiday food it's okay to consume for the mere sake of the holiday. For some, the holidays can be too cheery and many end up heavier than they were before they started. 

Was the holiday food really worth a holiday gut? Think again.

Many people struggle with this issue, year in and year out. Some go on crash diets before the holiday or workout until they’re fatigued to “make room” for their Thanksgiving Feast but Amy Henry at FORUM Fitness in Buckhead thinks they’re all “wasting their time”.

Stucco company fined $78K by OSHA

Stucco company fined $78K by OSHA

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- A Powder Springs-based company has been fined $78,000 for exposing workers to fall hazards, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

This is the third time Escape Stucco and Stone has been fined by OSHA; previous incidents were reported and investigated in January 2011 and December 2010.

About $70,000 of the proposed fine involved workers using a scaffolding system that was not well supported while working on a chimney at a building on South Cobb Drive in Smyrna.

The remaining $8,000 revolved around the company's reported lack of a written hazard communication program for employees who were using strong chemicals, as well as additional scaffolding issues.