HHS creates emergency text message toolkit

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Washington – A collection of prepared cell phone text messages advising people on how best to protect their health in the aftermath of an emergency was released by the Department of Health and Human Services on June 9.

Created to assist state and local emergency managers in emergency response efforts, the 115-character messages can be tailored for a community’s particular needs. Messages include information on how to protect health during and after disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.

HHS also developed a series of 30-second public service announcements for television and radio to complement the information relayed in the text messages.

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