Project OPAL Soars to the Eastern Shore of Maryland

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On Tuesday, April 15th, 22 participants from public libraries in the Eastern Shore of Maryland will gather in Easton, Maryland, to learn about ways to improve their library’s disaster readiness and hear from Steve Schweikert, Deputy Director, Wicomico County Emergency Services, about ways libraries can work with emergency planners.  In the afternoon, participants will begin developing the cornerstone of Project OPAL, a one page service continuity plan.

Project OPAL was developed following of last year’s Ports in a Storm conference in Eatontown, New Jersey.  OPAL stands for One Page All Libraries, and refers to NN/LM’s goal of having a one page service continuity plan in every library in the United States.

NN/LM EP&R Summit Coming to Charlottesville

IMG_4718On Tuesday, May 6th, emergency planners and librarians will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the next NN/LM EP&R Summit. The summit feature discussions rather than presentations.  Panelists will discuss topics such as social media, disaster apps, GIS, disaster information resources, and the value of library space following a disaster.  Summit participants will also be encouraged to participate in the discussions and will be eligible to sign up for NN/LM’s 15-Week Library Readiness program, which includes weekly email assignments designed to strengthen library readiness and promote a culture of readiness.


Normalcy and Intelligence: A forum to discuss ways libraries and information professionals can strengthen a community’s emergency planning strategy

Panelists:

  • John Halliday, Director, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
  • Charles Werner, Charlottesville Fire Chief
  • Stacey Arnesen, Head, Office of Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine
  • Kirby Felts, Charlottesville/Albemarle Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Sammy Chao, Virginia Department of Health, Thomas Jefferson Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
  • Ryan McKay, Virginia Department of Health

Where: Central Library, Charlottesville, Virginia
Parking: JMRL validates 2 hours of free parking at any downtown parking garage
When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9:30am to 1pm

Sponsored by:

Library of Virginia
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
National Library of Medicine
National Network of Libraries of Medicine

 

Up Next: Washington County (Hagerstown, MD) EP&R Summit

When: Thursday, January 24, 2014
Where: Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown, Maryland

Description:
This event incorporates two parts: 1) Getting to know and connect with Washington county’s disaster response organizations and, 2) a hands-on workshop where you write a one-page disaster response plan which you then use to work through scenarios with your colleagues.
Cost: Free

Registration: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=6j68bajab&oeidk=a07e8nmsp3bb2e5e7d1

 

Ports in a Storm Conference, April 8, in Eatontown, New Jersey

Registration: http://clrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013-04-08-NJSL-Ports-InThe-Storm-Registration-Flyer.pdf

Program

8:30-9:00
Coffee & Continental Breakfast

Welcome & Introductions
9:00-9:30
Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian & conference partners

Lessons Learned from Super Storm Sandy
9:30-10:30
-Pat Tumulty, Executive Director of NJLA on advocacy during the storm, and how New Jersey libraries made their case during Hurricane Sandy.

-Barbara Lilley, New York State Library, will speak on the Office of Cultural Education’s coordinated response to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, before, during and after, and the NYS Library’s outreach efforts to customers, and partnership with NYS Office of Emergency Management.

Break
10:30-10:45 

Ports in a Storm: The Library as Community Emergency Response Center
10:45-12:00 
-Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL & Certified Preservation Management Consultant
-Dan Wilson, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

How libraries can step into emergency response and recovery roles in their community. Information, strategies, and resources will be discussed so that a library of any size may position itself to serve its community as an unofficial disaster recovery center.

Lunch
12:00-1:00 

NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center: Support for librarians providing disaster information outreach to their communities
1:00-2:00 

-Staff from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov

Learn about training and networking support available for librarians who are interested in disaster information. Includes an overview of the free online disaster health information tools and resources developed by NLM to assist librarians, healthcare providers, first responders and the public.

Disaster Health Information Outreach Projects
2:00-2:15  

-Staff from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center

The Disaster Information Management Research Center and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine have provided funding support for outreach and collaboration projects related to disaster health information. Projects will be highlighted to demonstrate collaborations between librarians and community partners with disaster-related responsibilities.http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfofunding.html.

Community Partners Supporting Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery Efforts
2:15-4:30  

-Facilitated by Dan Wilson, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

Speakers representing organizations with disaster-related responsibilities will discuss their responsibilities and roles in disaster preparedness, response and recovery, as well as opportunities for library and community involvement to support their efforts.

  • Rev. Wayne Jones, Disaster Coordinator for the Greater NJ Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Dr. George DiFerdinando, Director, NJ Center for Public Health Preparedness
  • Tim Settles: American Red Cross
  • Cathy McCann: New Jersey Volunteers Active in Disasters (VOAD)
  • Beth Hassek: Medical Reserve Corps
  • Alan Z. Aiches:  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Presented by the New Jersey State Library, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region, LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, and New Jersey Library Association

Registration Information: http://clrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013-04-08-NJSL-Ports-InThe-Storm-Registration-Flyer.pdf

NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit: March 7th

Here’s the latest agenda for next week’s NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit. Hope to see you there.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Disaster Communication Summit

March 7, 2013

Location: 828 S. Wolcott Ave. at the UIC Student Center – West

Sponsored by: Greater Midwest and MidContinental regions of NN/LM

Agenda

8:00-8:30         Registration

8:30-9:00         Introduction: Dan Wilson, MLS, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

9:00-9:30         David Ibrahim, PhD.  Director, Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Certificate Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.

Communication Gaps and Critical Infrastructure Needs for a Regional Catastrophic Event.

9:30-10:00         Miriam Miller, MPH, CHEC.  Emergency Management Coordinator, Rush University Medical Center and Jason Parker. Emergency Management Coordinator at UIC Medical Center.

Disaster Communication Strategies at Rush University Medical Center and the UIC Medical Center

10:00-10:30      Panel Discussion

10:30-11:00         Break

11:00-11:30      Cindy Love, MLS. National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) 

The Role of the Disaster Information Specialist

11:30-12:00     Kacy Allgood, MLS.  Sewell Fellow, Indiana University, Department of Emergency Medicine

Adventures of an Ambulance Riding Librarian

12:00-12:30     Morning Wrap-up

12:30-1:30       Lunch (on your own)

1:30-5:00         Disaster Information CE Class

U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies – provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the U.S, with an emphasis on medical response.  To determine where disaster information specialists might best fit into the US framework for disaster/emergency response, it is necessary to start with shared understanding of terminology, concepts, legislation, organizations, and lessons learned from previous incidents. The class describes efforts to provide structure and order before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Changes over time in legislation and the US framework for disaster/emergency response are discussed using examples from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake. This course is a required class for the Disaster Information Specialization (DIS) Program and participants will earn 3 MLA CE contact hours for the DIS program.

NN/LM Washington DC Power Outage Summit

NN/LM Washington DC Power Outage Summit

September 5, 2012

9:00am – 4:30pm

Library of Congress/James Madison Building/Mumford Room

Please join us for a morning of speakers and discussion about the impact of a power outage on library services and collections and the roles libraries and librarians can play in their communities or institutions in response to a major power outage. The afternoon sessions will feature a workshop on building your library’s readiness and a disaster information specialization certificate class.

Agenda

9:00-9:10 Dan Wilson, Coordinator, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative
9:10-9:35 Sonya Williams, Risk Manager, DC Public Libraries/Markus Rauschecker, Continuity Planner, Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency
9:35-10:00 Michael Salmons, Director of Emergency Management in the Office of Security, Library of Congress
10:00-10:25 Andrew Robb, Preservation Department, Library of Congress
10:30-10:55 Pete Pedersen, Pepco (Potomac Electric Power Company)
10:55-11:05 Break
11:05-11:20 Cindy Love, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DMIRC), National Library of Medicine
11:20-12:00 Sue Taylor, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)/ Lisa McGee, American Red Cross
12:00-12:30 Panel Discussion
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-4:30 Class: Information Roles in Disaster Management
Workshop: Improving Your Library’s Readiness

There is no charge to attend the morning or afternoon sessions. Seating is limited.  Please register at: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html.  Use the dropdown menu on the form to register for the Summit and, if you wish, then use the back arrow on your browser to register for either the Information Roles in Disaster Management class or the Improving Your Library’s Readiness workshop.

Contact Dan Wilson (danwilson@virginia.edu) for further information.

Speakers/Facilitators from:

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
Pepco (unless they are in emergency operation mode)
District of Columbia Public Library
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)
Library of Congress (Preservation Directorate and Office of Security & Emergency Preparedness)
National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)
National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
American Red Cross

Sponsors: NN/LM, Library of Congress, FEDLINK            

Click on this URL to view the morning presentations: http://login.icohere.com/FEDLINK?pnum=PSI32124 (name and email required)

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.