FEMA’s Community Preparedness Webinar Series

On Tuesday, January 11, at 2 PM EST, FEMA’s Community Preparedness Division will present the first 2011 webinar in the Community Preparedness Webinar Series:  Collaborative Planning–Engagement of the Whole Community.  The live webinar is available to the first 500 log ins at www.citizencorps.gov/news/webcasts/planning.shtm, and will also be available via recording on the website.  Previously recorded webinars are available on the Citizen Corps site at http://www.citizencorps.gov/news/webcasts.shtm

Anyone who needs special accommodations or requires assistance to view or listen to the webinar is asked to email citizencorps@dhs.gov no later than 5 PM EST on Friday, January 7th.

Disaster Information Symposium March 29-30

Here’s a wonderful learning/networking opportunity for those of us who are interested in library/librarians’ roles in disaster response, particularly in communication and provision of information during and after disasters.  See the Symposium announcement at http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/symposium2011.html for the details, and click on the “Registration Now Open” link for specifics about location and hotel accommodations.  The Disaster Information Management Research Center of the Special Information Services division of the National Library of Medicine is hosting the meeting, co-sponsored by the Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association.  If your library or institution is a member of NN/LM, check with your RML (find your RML here… http://nnlm.gov/ by clicking on your region) to see if funding is available to help pay for your travel.  MLA CE credit is available for attending the symposium.  The meeting will be held at the Lister Hill Center at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD.  We’re excited about this great opportunity, and look forward to seeing you there!

Enter Winter

If you’re trapped in your car during a blizzard, what can you do to alert first responders that you need help?  The Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) reminds us that there are many things we can do to be prepared for severe winter weather, from flooding to blizzards.  See their “Winter Storms and Extreme Cold” page at  http://www.fema.gov/hazard/winter/index.shtm to become familiar with terminology and some specific ways to stay safe in the cold.  The answer to the above question:  at night, turn on the inside light of your car so rescuers can see you.