Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
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.” 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
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): 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
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.
- 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)
Friday, November 14th, 2014
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