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Crowdsourcing Disasters

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Interesting article on the use of social media to assist in determining disaster response…check here:  Crowdsourcing, Disasters, and Trust.

Lightning Season

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Last week was “Lightning Safety Week,” according to FEMA.  Visit the NOAA page here to learn more about lightning and how to reduce the risk for yourself and those around you of being struck or injured by lightning.  In an average year (which this one is not, due to the recent catastrophic tornado incidents), more people are killed by lightning than by tornadoes or hurricanes.  I didn’t realize that many more people actually survive lightning strikes, then live with severe disabilities for the remainder of their lives.  This information can be important to us at work and at home, and for our library patrons who may be in our space during storms.

Storm Prediction Center

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Tornadoes are wreaking havoc across the continental U. S. this month, even in states not usually considered to be at high risk, such as Virginia.  The jury appears to be still out on why–global warming?  Better detection technology and reporting?  Probably some of both.  Here’s an excellent site provided by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS)–their Storm Prediction Center:  On the site, severe weather warnings are available from the link above the map.  If you don’t have a weather radio to give you alerts about approaching storms, you can keep an eye on the situation nationally or in your locality via this NWS site.

One-Shelf Disaster Library (List of Titles)

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

I just received a request for a list of the titles on the one-shelf disaster library.  These titles were selected by consensus of readers of the Disaster Information Outreach listserv.  Links to WorldCat records are included.

Harrison’s principles of internal medicine

The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy

Emergency medicine : a comprehensive study guide

Rosen’s emergency medicine: concepts and clinical practice

Current emergency diagnosis & treatment

Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s principles and practices of infectious diseases

Nelson’s textbook of pediatrics

Goldfrank’s toxicologic emergencies

The 5-minute clinical consult

Physicians Desk Reference

Grays Anatomy