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Zika Resources

Department of Health

  • Emergency action plan

  • Tracking

  1. Zika website

  2. Zika Virus Hotline (answer questions about Zika) 855-622-6735


Governor Rick Scott

  • February 3, 2016 Executive Order: Governor Scott signed Executive Order 16-29 which directs DOH to declare a public health emergency in the four counties with the travel-related Zika virus (Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Lee and Santa Rosa) 

  • February 4, 2016 Press Release: Zika update including request for more supplies to test and treat Floridians

  • February 24, 2016 Press Release:  update on confirmed cases, all 32 (as of release time) cases were travel related

  • March 2, 2016 Press Release: CDC provided Florida an additional 500 Zika tests, 44 confirmed cases (as of press release time)

  • May 4, 2016 Press Release: Governor Scott will travel to Washington DC on May 11-12 to meet with Congressional leaders to ask them to treat Zika virus threat like a hurricane, triggering specific preparation and response efforts by the federal government

  • As of press release time, Florida has more than 100 documented cases of Zika


Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam

  • Monitoring mosquito control activities across the state

  • Technical assistance to mosquito control districts and the Department of Health

  • Identifying resources to conduct incident-related mosquito control efforts

  • May 3, 2016 Press Release: Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (run by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) is now prepared to test mosquitoes for the Zika virus

  • May 5, 2016 Press Release: hosting workshops throughout the state for mosquito control programs


Ebola Resources

There has been a great deal of information distributed to the medical community surrounding Ebola virus identification and appropriate action. Your FAFP recommends the following resources to best prepare you in daily practice with your patients. It is critical that organized medicine collaborate on effective and coordinated responses to ensure the health and safety of the public.


  • AAFP: Detect, protect ,and respond: Preventing the Further Spread of Ebola.

  • FMA: Released an official statement supporting the efforts of Governor Scott and Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to address the threat of Ebola in Florida via the FL Department of Health website.

  • CDC: Information for Healthcare Workers and Settings.



Hurricane Preparedness and Response

Prepare Your Community for Hurricane Season. June 1 marks the beginning of Hurricane Season. Is your community prepared? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has added new resources to its Web page Tools and Resources to Help Communities Prepare for Hurricane Season to help communities prepare for and respond to hurricane events and other natural

disasters. For more information, click here.  For information on more public health emergency preparedness tools and resources from AHRQ, visit


Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline, funded by a Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, was launched to respond to calls from individuals, families and communities in need of emotional assistance. Building on the infrastructure of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a network of 147 crisis centers from across the country, the Disaster Distress Helpline’s leading team of mental health crisis and technology experts, in collaboration with its local crisis center network members, provides support to those affected by disasters.

The Helpline routes callers to a regional crisis call center, where trained staff answer calls and texts and provide assistance to those in need. The Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) provides crisis counseling, support and information & referral services to individuals and their families who are struggling to recover from any natural or man-made disaster, incident of mass violence, or any event that can cause significant psychological distress. The Helpline, available 24/7, year-round, assists other service providers with localized outreach efforts in states and localities before, during and after significant or major disasters. You can also text the Helpline by texting TalkWithUs to 66746; Spanish speakers can text ‘Hablanos’. It is also available though Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about this resource, click here.


From:  AgeWise Newsletter - March/April 2012

Technology Could Better Prepare Health Professionals for Disasters

Social media and other electronic tools could be of vital use to health professionals during catastrophic disasters such as widespread disease outbreaks, hurricanes and earthquakes, particularly since the current disaster infrastructure remains “rudimentary at best,” according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. 


CDC Inclement Winter Weather Health and Safety Advisories
We would like to provide you with the following information from various CDC programs related to winter weather hazards. Content links are provided. If you have questions on these or other clinical issues, contact:


Winter Weather Health and Safety Concerns
Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems. To keep yourself and your family safe, you should know how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises. Winter weather increases the likelihood of carbon monoxide exposure from improper use of generators and inadequately ventilated gas-fueled heaters. Other common cold-related problems are hypothermia, frostbite, and injury. Below are CDC resources that address these issues.

Radiation Exposure


Emergency Preparedness and Response

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Other Resources and Articles



US State Department

Global Family Doctor

Florida Department of Health

Florida Board of Medicine

Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine


Resource Links

ECG Interpretation Blog

Florida Hospital Affiliation White Paper

Preventing a Data Breach and Protecting Health Records: One Year Later... Are you Vulnerable to a Breach?

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

Clinical Trials


Federal Information & Guidance Relevant to Health Information Privacy

Joint Guidance on the Application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) To Student Health Records


Provider Guide: Communicating With a Patient's Family, Friends, or Other Persons Identified by the Patient


Commuter Emergency Plan! Do you have a commuter emergency plan? Do you have a list of your normal and alternative routes you can use in case of a disaster? If not, download this simple Commuter Emergency Plan!


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