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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

New MedlinePlus Health Topic: Coronavirus Infections

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

MedlinePlus has created a new health topic page on Coronavirus Infections, including information on the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS).  Access news and other resources here:

American Sign Language Videos for Emergency Preparedness

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission developed a series of emergency preparedness videos in American Sign Language.

Topics include:

  • Build a Kit
  • Sheltering in Place
  • Going to a Shelter
  • Emergency Planning for People with Special Needs
  • Evacuation
  • Storm – Before
  • Storm – During
  • Storm – After

Access these videos and others:

SOPHE Summer Webinar Series

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is pleased to present its 5th Annual SOPHE Webinar Series.  These webinars cover a variety of health topics for many populations including diabetes, disasters, and health literacy.

Next webinar date: June 3, 2013 form 1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern

A list of upcoming webinars is available on the SOOHE Events web page:

SAMHSA Disaster Kit

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

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 <> or call toll- free SAMHSA- (1-877-726-4727) and order SAMHSA Disaster Kit SMA11-Disaster.

Mobile Disaster Information Resources

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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:

Boston Marathon: Serving disaster information needs

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

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 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:

Information from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

Talking to Children about the Bombings

Parents Tips for Helping Preschool-Aged Children after Disasters

Parents Tips for Helping School-Aged Children after Disasters

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Bombings

Disability Inclusive Emergency Management

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Webinar Recording: Disability Inclusive Emergency Management
Marcie Roth, Senior Advisor on Disability Issues for FEMA, spoke at the March 2013 Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting and conference call about integrating the needs of the whole community into all aspects of emergency preparedness and disaster response, recovery and mitigation efforts. If you missed the call, you can access a recording of the meeting and the Power Point slides at
After listening to the recording, check out the Emergency 2.0 Wiki Accessibility Toolkit for tips to make social media messages more accessible, and tools to assist people with disabilities make use of social media.

Toolkit: Emergency Response For People Who Have Access And Functional Needs, A Guide For First Responders

Thursday, 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:

Information Sources on Ethics in Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

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.

Resources include:

  • 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: