Here is a very brief report of the NN/LM Earthquake Summit that was held on Friday, April 6th, at the University of California/San Francisco Library and Center for Knowledge Management. A full report will be distributed by the end of April.
Dan Wilson, Coordinator for the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative: Dan gave a background of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative and then talked about the NN/LM EP&R Toolkit, one-page pocket response plan, training opportunities, and promotional activities.
Keith Knudsen, Deputy Director of the Earthquake Science Center for the U.S. Geological Survey: Keith used many USGS maps and charts to illustrate earthquake risks for the Bay Area and the West Coast of the United States.
Monica Gowan, PhD Candidate, University of Canterbury: Monica illustrated the psychological aspects of an earthquake through stories and photographs of recent earthquakes in New Zealand.
Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) of the National Library of Medicine: Siobhan gave an overview of NLM products available to first responders, such as WISER, REMM, and CHEMM, and talked about other NLM initiatives, including the Emergency Access Initiative and the Disaster Specialist continuing education program offered through the Medical Library Association.
Randy Brawley, FEMA Preparedness Planning Analyst: Randy spoke about the roles FEMA plays before, during, and after a disaster and offered many suggestions that librarians can use to play a greater role in disaster preparedness and response.
Roberto Lombardi, Facilities Director, San Francisco Public Library System: Roberto provided an inside look into COOP Planning at the San Francisco Public Library System and offered many tips for improving library readiness.