La Jolla, CA, August 23, 2006–September is National Preparedness Month and University of California Television (UCTV) is joining in this public education effort with emergency preparedness programming every Monday night ranging from practical advice to the latest information about bioterrorism and avian influenza. A listing of UCTV’s emergency preparedness programming airing in September and “on-demand” is available at www.uctv.tv/preparedness.
Making its UCTV premiere during National Preparedness Month is “Health Matters: Emergency Preparedness,” featuring Dr. Colleen Buono from UC San Diego’s Department of Emergency Medicine. As part of the team dispatched to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Buono provides important and practical information on how best to prepare for the next disaster. The program debuts September 25 at 10 p.m.
UCTV’s National Preparedness Month programming also includes a series from UC Irvine's School of Medicine focusing on bioterrorism and community disaster preparedness. Airing Mondays at 10:30 p.m., the series covers topics such as modern day plagues (September 11), the psychiatric aspects of trauma (September 18), bioterrorism post 9/11 (September 25), and radiological terrorism (October 2).
Two programs from the California Preparedness Education Network (CalPEN) series, developed specifically to prepare primary care providers for potential public health disasters, are also part of the September line-up. The programs “Avian Influenza: From Wildlife to Poultry to Humans” (September 4) and “Infectious Disease after Natural Disasters” (September 11) both air at 9 p.m. All programs from the CalPEN series are available on-demand at www.uctv.tv/calpen.
National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. National Preparedness Month 2006 is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and more information is available at www.ready.gov.