The Drs: Emergency Preparedness For Kids + Joan Rivers Settlement


The Doctors: Preparing Children For Emergencies

Have you spoken to children about what to do in case of an emergency? Even if they’re well-prepped at home, are they prepared in case something happens at school? Save the Children and their “Prep Rally” is hoping to do just that. Dr Freda Lewis-Hall, chief medical officer at Pfizer and a member of the Save the Children board of trustees, as well as Sarah, a member of the Get Ready, Get Safe Team, joined the show. Freda first explained that when disaster strikes, children are among the most vulnerable. But at the same time, children can play an important role in emergency preparedness.


Sarah Thompson explained that the best way to keep children safe is to prepare them before disaster strikes. In the U.S., Save the Children has served more than 1 million children affected by emergencies since hurricane Katrina happened more than a decade ago. Save the Children uses games, activities, and dances to help children the basics of preparing for all types of emergencies. Disasters can be scary for children, which is why Save the Children came up with the Prep Rally Program to “help children engage with preparedness in a fun and positive way,” helping them remember what to do in case of an emergency.

The Drs: Emergency Preparedness For Kids + Joan Rivers Settlement

Have you spoken to your children about emergency preparedness? Is there a plan for when they’re at school? The Doctors shared their best tips and tricks to get you started. (angela_sleeping / Flickr)


The Drs: Family-Friendly Emergency Preparedness

They refer to “ICE” or “in case of emergency” and suggest that children and caretakers designate someone to contact in case of an emergency. Someone other than parents should be added to the list of contacts in a cellphone but also a hard-copy as well in case there’s no access to a cellphone. Every family should have a plan that includes what children should do, not do, and where to meet in the event of a disaster. Building an emergency kit is a great family activity and learning opportunity.

The Doctors: Crazy Contouring Tools

Contouring has become a social media phenomenon and now social media stars are coming up with even crazier ways to contour flawlessly. One star used a butcher knife, which wasn’t condoned by The Doctors, while others used tape, scissors, and a toothbrush. Sharp objects probably aren’t a good idea, as you want to be safe with your skin! Skin was the word of the day and you can use the word skin on The Doctors’ website to enter for a chance to win a SkinCeuticals Atmospheric Aging Set worth $358.

The Doctors: Joan Rivers Lawsuit Settled

For The Doctors’ News in 2:00, it was reported that a settlement was reached in the Joan Rivers medical malpractice lawsuit. Rivers passed away in September 2014, after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York City. The comedienne’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, filed a lawsuit against Yorkville, claiming “Doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian, and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated.”

Both parties agreed to settle in order to “avoid a drawn-out litigation.” The amount of the settlements in confidential.

The Doctors: Summer Olympics Relocated Or Postponed?

Former Bachelorette contestants Ali Fedotowsky and Catherine Guidici shared the June Cover of “Fit Pregnancy and Baby.” Both women are due in July.

In other news, Harvard Public Health Review published a story where a University of Ottawa professor is calling on the International Olympic Committee to postpone or relocate the summer Olympics out of Rio, because of the concentration of the zika virus in that city. The professor called out the IOC and the WHO saying if they “Do not have the generosity of heart to delay the games to prevent children being born and disabled their whole lives, then they’re among the cruelest institutions in the world.”

The IOC responded by saying “The clear statements from WHO that there should be no restrictions on travel and trade means there is no justification for cancelling, delaying, postponing or moving the Rio Games.”


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