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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

HHS unveils first compendium of resources for health emergencies

Friday, August 7th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the first online collection of the federal resources and capabilities available to mitigate the health impacts of emergencies. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) sponsored the HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium to aid state, tribal, territorial, local officials in health and emergency management as they guide communities in responding to and recovering from disasters.

The compendium offers an easy-to-navigate, comprehensive, web-based repository of HHS products, services and capabilities available to state, state, tribal, territorial, and local agencies before, during, and after public health and medical incidents. The information spans 24 categories, and each category showcases the relevant disaster resources available from HHS and partner agencies, a brief description of each resource and information on accessing each one.

HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium:

FEMA Launches New Data Visualization Tool

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. The data visualization tool is accessible at FEMA: Data Visualization and allows users to view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data. Through an interactive platform, users can view the history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis. On the site, you can see compelling visual representations of federal grant data as it relates to fire, preparedness, mitigation, individual assistance and public assistance.

FEMA: Data Visualization:

Where Can I Find Evidence-based Disaster Health Information? (webinar)

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Join the next Disaster Information Specialist conference call. Open to all!

Thursday July 9 2015 at 1:30 pm ET

Representatives from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the U.S. National Library of Medicine will present on how to use U.S. National Library of Medicine resources to access evidence-based disaster health information.

Log into the Adobe Connect session at

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”. A box should pop up asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use the call-back feature or can only attend by telephone:
Dial-In: 1-888-757-2790
Pass-Code: 745907

For more information and to view past webinars:

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):

Heat Illness (MedlinePlus):

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:

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)

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:

Extreme Event toolkit:

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):

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 RFQ No. NIHLM2015383.

RFQ No. NIHLM2015383:
Previous funded projects: