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
Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
Red Cross Monster Guard App
Monster Guard app, created by the American Red Cross, is geared toward children between the ages of 7 and 11. It teaches kids how to prepare for and react to potential emergency situations in a fun and engaging way. Users can play as one of five monster characters and complete up to 15 training sessions including levels like the “Fire Escape Episode” or the “Flood Episode.” http://rdcrss.org/1GwCbYi
Ready Wrigley App
The Ready Wrigley mobile application was designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to teach children about what to do in emergency situations. Critical information about emergencies is weaved into the mobile app using age-appropriate language and activities to teach children about preparedness and response. It is targeted for children, ages 2-8. http://1.usa.gov/1yI306O
Although the first day of winter is still a few days away, many areas of the United States have already experienced cold weather, ice and snow. Prepare for the next few months with these resources.
Be Prepared and Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter (Centers for Disease Control): http://1.usa.gov/1DBA447
Be Ready! Winter Weather infographic (Centers for Disease Control): http://1.usa.gov/12VEAtv
Winter Weather Emergencies (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1lVPQeE
From the American Public Health Association:
“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, currently the largest in history, has sparked an international public health response. We invite you to join the American Public Health Association and the Pan American Health Organization for a webinar panel discussion on this topic featuring opening remarks by Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of APHA, and Dr. Francisco Becerra, assistant director of PAHO/WHO. Other invited speakers will be announced soon.
- Describe the history of Ebola and the current outbreak in West Africa.
- Evaluate the experiences in disease response from Africa.
- Evaluate the experience in handling a suspected case in Brazil.
- Discuss the U.S. experience in preparedness and response to imported Ebola.
- Describe PAHO/WHO’s strategic approach to preparedness and response for LAC countries. “
Tuesday, Dec. 2
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm. (EST)
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM). http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/
New or updated content in CHEMM includes:
1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education
2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)
3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals
CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.
CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers. CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html
For complete information on these updates, see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM. http://1.usa.gov/1xosJkB
Webinar: HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease OutbreaksFriday, November 7th, 2014
John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston, will present HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks, sharing how this widely used online tool delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases, including the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Thursday, November 13 at 1:30 pm ET.
Instructions to join conference call/webinar and how to get MLA Continuing Education credit: http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm
Several resources at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are available to those who need access to health information related to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Resources include:
- a continually updated resource guide from the Disaster Information Management Research Center
- links to the Emergency Access Initiative
- a specialized database that provides an easy way to search and retrieve protein and nucleotide sequences related to Ebolavirus
- MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Ebola in English and Spanish
- a PubMed search
NLM Ebola resources: http://1.usa.gov/Zqjd1s
From the Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine:
WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar
WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.
TOPIC: Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources
The 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak has resulted in an explosion of information on many aspects of managing the disease from a clinical and public health perspective. There is also considerable interest in related topics such as legalities of quarantine; ethics of vaccine development; shaming and isolation of Ebola survivors, family members of the deceased and Ebola orphans; food security; and the effects on healthcare for other medical conditions in areas with extremely limited resources. How does one make sense of the outpouring of information from news media, social media, publications and guidelines from international agencies, national governments, NGOs, and professional associations; situation reports; maps and other tools for visualizing the outbreak? What about health messaging materials like infographics, radio jingles, banners, TV interviews, and webinars? Join us to discuss the nature of information flow during an infectious disease outbreak, with a special focus on Ebola-related resources from the National Library of Medicine.
Presenter: Cindy Love is a medical librarian with over 20 years’ experience in public health information management at the National Library of Medicine. As part of the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, Cindy has developed information resources for every major U.S. and international disaster in the last 5 years. She first co-authored a bibliography on “Viral Hemorrhagic Fever” in 1996. It ranks #8,569,688 on Amazon’s list of bestselling books.
LOGIN: To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 9, click on http://1.usa.gov/1gK9mqU
MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see http://1.usa.gov/17xlCVm
The Get Ready Campaign from the American Public Health Association has published a 2015 calendar featuring emergency preparedness “Tips from Tots.”
“Each month features a different tot practicing emergency preparedness and dispensing helpful safety advice, including dressing for extreme weather, where to find shelter during a storm and what to include in an emergency supply kit.”
Download the calendar and see the adorable photo gallery: http://bit.ly/1uVZK2y