The SAMHSA disaster kit is not a new resource but in light of recent tragedies it is worth mentioning again. The kit is free and contains printed materials on managing stress during traumatic events. The material in the kit focuses on information for emergency and disaster response workers and their families. There are also a few tip sheets for parents, caregivers and teachers on how to talk to children and youth after a disaster or traumatic event. Visit the SAMHSA store <http://goo.gl/ngVhj> or call toll- free SAMHSA- (1-877-726-4727) and order SAMHSA Disaster Kit SMA11-Disaster.
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The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center compiles a list of disaster apps and mobile optimized web pages. You will find apps and mobile sites for disaster medicine tools, psychological health tools, hazardous events, disease outbreaks, and disasters in libraries.
Learn more at: http://1.usa.gov/15WwMGF
What do you do when your library is impacted by events, such as this week’s tragedy at the Boston marathon that had hospital and public librarians in the area reeling?
The topic of discussion for the weekly #medlibs chat will be disaster information resources. The discussion will be today, Thursday, April 18th at 7pm MT, 8pm CT on Twitter. Librarians from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center, will be there as will Myrna Morales and Michelle Eberle from the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Both Myrna and Michelle were at the Boston Marathon. NN/LM can work with you to partner you up with buddy libraries and help you deal with the emotional impact. You are never alone when a disaster of any level hits.
Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat before? Check out this overview http://bit.ly/Z6plsM and come on in, it’s a supportive community. Your host for the chat Nikki Dettmar @eagledawg is happy to answer your questions on how to participate, and you may want to see the information and transcript from the November 5, 2012 chat with DIMRC about Hurricane Sandy here: http://bit.ly/YxPpJP
For parents who need help in talking to their children about the recent events in Boston here are some links from the NCTSN.
Tips for Parents on Media Coverage http://bit.ly/11nVqLV
After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal http://bit.ly/15dy4gf
Talking to Children about the Bombings http://bit.ly/Z0R0LH
Parents Tips for Helping Preschool-Aged Children after Disasters http://bit.ly/13hWjpV
Parents Tips for Helping School-Aged Children after Disasters http://bit.ly/11nWSy7
Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Bombings http://bit.ly/YQNK6E
Toolkit: Emergency Response For People Who Have Access And Functional Needs, A Guide For First RespondersThursday, April 4th, 2013
Emergency responders have varying levels of familiarity with people who have access and functional needs. The purpose of this information is to provide emergency personnel with a reference tool that will provide guidance for assisting people who have access and functional needs (formerly known as “special needs”) during the response and recovery phases of an emergency situation.
The information in this toolkit is to be applied in conjunction with training, experience, and your agency’s standard operating procedures.
Access the Toolkit here: http://bit.ly/XgwZj5
The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, has a new resource guide for Information Sources on
Ethics in Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
- Codes of Professional Conduct and Ethical Standards
- Ethical Considerations for Pandemic Influenza and Other Infectious Diseases
- Crisis (or Altered) Standards of Care
- Ethics, Disasters and Disabled and Vulnerable Populations
- Allocation of Scarce Resources and Triage
- Duty to Care, Willingness to Respond, Role Conflict and Role Abandonment
Access the guide: http://1.usa.gov/11c8Rhq
With the arrival of spring comes increased risk of flooding in many areas. The National Weather Service has declared this week to be Flood Safety Awareness Week. MedlinePlus has a health topic page for Floods, which includes resources on preparing and responding to flooding in your home and community: http://1.usa.gov/SBFWS8
This week is National Poison Control Week. The American Association of Poison Control Centers encourages you to call their confidential, 24/7 Help Line with any emergency or non-emergency questions: 1-800-222-1222.
Download Poison Control Center brochures (available in multiple languages): http://bit.ly/XQMi4O
Developed by the American College Of Emergency Physicians and funded by U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Disaster Hero <http://bit.ly/15t4qCl> is a free online game designed to teach children (grades 1 through 8), parents, and teachers/caregivers how to prepare for disasters. “In the game, the player takes the role of a “Disaster Hero” contestant in a high-tech game show, competing against a computer opponent to prove his or her disaster knowledge and preparedness skills for a chance to be named the next “Disaster Hero!”
Disaster Hero covers four main topic areas: (1) basic preparedness steps – including get a kit, make a plan, and be informed – (2) common disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes), associated danger signals, typical effects, common injuries, and appropriate responses, (3) basic quick-care tips and techniques for specific common injuries, and (4) basic information about geographic-specific disasters