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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)<> 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 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<> 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:

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:

Emergency Preparedness Apps for Children

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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.”

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.

Prepare for Winter Weather Emergencies

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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):

Be Ready! Winter Weather infographic (Centers for Disease Control):

Winter Weather Emergencies (MedlinePlus):

#FactsOverFear: Ebola Preparedness for the Americas (Webinar)

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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.

Webinar Objectives:

  • 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)

National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM).
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.

For complete information on these updates, see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM.

Webinar: HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Friday, 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:

NLM Information Resources for the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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:

Webinar: Ebola Outbreak-Managing Health Information Resources

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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

MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see