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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.

Annual Holiday Sponsorship Project helps hundreds of homeless children

Annual Holiday Sponsorship Project helps hundreds of homeless children

Last year more than 150 homeless students received Christmas gifts through generous donations and sponsorships to Clayton County Public Schools Annual Holiday Sponsorship Project organized by the Homeless Education Department. This year our goal is to assist with sponsorships for over 200 students.

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”.

Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs

Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs

ATLANTA -- The third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29 was a huge success in Georgia.

Participants turned in about 3,794.35 pounds of unwanted and expired medication for safe disposal at numerous sites across the state.

This amount exceeded the weight of the drugs collected at the second event in April, which was about 3,509 pounds.

"The total number of drugs taken back in Georgia speaks volumes about the problem of unused and unneeded prescriptions, the danger they pose to the community and the communities' commitment to making prescription drug abuse a top priority in the state," John Comer, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement.

Clayton County Pet Health and Adoption Fair on Saturday

Clayton County Pet Health and Adoption Fair on Saturday

RIVERDALE – Clayton County Animal Control will be holding their Pet Fair on October 15 at Animal Control between 9:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The fair includes an adoption fair and a mobile veterinarian service. During the fair, animals will be adopted out at a reduced rate.

The Pike County Mobile Vet will be on site providing rabies shots, bordetella vaccines, deworming and DHLPP services for dogs and rabies, RCCP, tapeworm medication and deworming services for cats. All services range from $5.00 to $30.

Pets will receive free physical exams with all vaccines. Clinic hours are 10:00 until 2:00 p.m.

Clayton County Animal Control is located at 1396 Government Circle in Jonesboro.   

Take a Loved One to the Doctor at the Riverdale City Centre

Take a Loved One to the Doctor at the Riverdale City Centre

RIVERDALE, Ga. – Take one of your loved ones to the doctor on “Take a Loved One to the Doctor” Day at the Riverdale Centre for the Arts.

Come out to Business and Leisure Services from 6:00 – 3:00 p.m. on September 30 and join KISS 104.1, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the City of Riverdale’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services for the Tenth Anniversary Celebration this event.

Dominique Wilkins, KISS 104’s Cynthia Young and Comedian Dominique will be in attendance. The event will be held at 7210 Church Street in Riverdale.