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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Disaster Distress Hotline 1-800-985-5990

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

“A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions.  The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the tragic events in Charleston, S.C.  The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers.  The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.”

Preventing heat-related illnesses

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, extreme heat caused over 7400 deaths in the United States between 1999-2010.

Check out these resources to prevent heat-related illness.

Keep your cool in hot weather (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1GBccMt

Heat Illness (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1dY6f2g

Webinar: RRAIN – Response and Recovery App in Washington State

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The next Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting will feature a presentation on “RRAIN – Response and Recovery App in Washington State”.

“Representatives from University of Washington Health Sciences Library will present about their current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with HEALWA (Health Evidence Resource for Washington State), the State Department of Health and other area hospitals and libraries, created an app and a training program to increase access to reliable disaster information for statewide disaster response and recovery.”

Disaster Information Specialist meetings are generally held on the 2nd Thursday of the month and are open to all.

Thursday June 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm ET.
RRAIN – Response and Recovery App in Washington State

Log-in information and archives of past calls: http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm

Webinar For Faith-based and Community Organizations on Youth Preparedness Resources and Partnerships

Friday, June 5th, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division and whole community partners invite you to join a co-hosted a webinar, Getting Youth Involved In Emergency Preparedness, intended to help connect faith-based and community organizations to tools and resources for youth preparedness activities. Audience members will hear from organizations that are affirmers of the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education and how they can work alongside youth and leverage existing resources and partnerships to increase preparedness in communities.

Title: Getting Youth Involved In Emergency Preparedness
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT)
Register: http://bit.ly/1KR2GJe

Extreme Event: new role-playing game for groups

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Extreme Event is an in-person role-playing game for groups. The game was designed by the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum in collaboration with the ResilientAmerica Roundtable, and all materials needed are available for download at their website.

A webinar on May 12 from 12 – 1 PM (ET) will explain how to host an Extreme Event game for a school, community event, disaster training session or any other setting.

Register for the webinar: http://bit.ly/1Fg5f6e

Extreme Event toolkit: http://bit.ly/1cJqPDM

Public health response to civil unrest in Baltimore

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The American Public Health Association interviewed Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen on her department’s response to unrest after the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen: Thinking creatively to protect communities (Public Health Newswire): http://bit.ly/1KXQFyX

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders, and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Beginning in 2011, the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center has funded 21 of these disaster outreach projects.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project. The deadline for proposals is Monday, July 6, 2015 by 12 pm ET. The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov: RFQ No. NIHLM2015383.

RFQ No. NIHLM2015383: http://1.usa.gov/1dB7i8o
Previous funded projects: http://1.usa.gov/1QTUj0Q

Free Access to Online Books, Journals for Healthcare Responders to Nepal Earthquake, Provided by Publishers, National Library of Medicine

Monday, April 27th, 2015

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Responding to Earthquake in Nepal The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI)<http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/> has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the response to the earthquake in Nepal. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal, please let them know of this service.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Earthquakes

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

 

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine<http://www.nlm.nih.gov/> maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

Webinar: Addressing Preparedness Challenges for Children in Public Health Emergencies

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control will host an online Public Health Grand Rounds on Tuesday, March 17 at 1pm EST.

From the CDC:

“This session of Grand Rounds will discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters will also highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.”

To register for the webinar and to access resources: http://1.usa.gov/1ANEihA

Flood Safety: Resources

Monday, March 16th, 2015

March 15-21 is Flood Safety Month. As spring approaches and snow melts, flooding may occur. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has flood safety resources: http://1.usa.gov/1ANBPnq