Interesting article on the use of social media to assist in determining disaster response…check here: Crowdsourcing, Disasters, and Trust.
Archive for the ‘Information Resources’ Category
Last week was “Lightning Safety Week,” according to FEMA. Visit the NOAA page here http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/ 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.
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: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/. 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.
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.