Here's something for resilience-oriented not-for-profit organizations toconsider doing in their local area...Low Power FM Application is now online and due to the FCC between Oct15-29, 2013June 17, 2013Today the FCC announced that the Low Power FM (LPFM) application, Form318,is now live and online ! This means that community groups all across thecountry […]
WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference callWHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM ET **Please note this meeting is a change from June 13th**WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone - please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and po […]
These webinars may be of interest to subscribers on this listserv,SiobhanSiobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLISHealth Sciences LibrarianNational Library of MedicineSpecialized Information Services DivisionDisaster Information Management Research Center6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 510Bethesda, MD 20892-5467301-496-2742, phone301-480-3537, faxsiobhan.champ-blackwell@nih […]
*Selections from over 100 e-sources**Follow NLM_DIMRC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC ****World Health Organization (WHO) Issues New Pandemic Influenza Guidance***The new WHO Interim Guidance "Pandemic Influenza Risk Management" replaces the 2009 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response WHO guidance document. It includes a revised appr […]
Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile DeviceWhen: Wednesday, June 26, 2013Time: 12:00 noon PT; 1:00 MT; 2:00 CT; 3:00 ETHost: National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR)Who: Disaster Information Management Research Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM DIMRC)There are many m […]
More about MERS-CoV news and information sources. Also see overview of MERS information sources in the earlier email below.Upcoming webinar: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Information and Guidance for CliniciansCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)Date: Thursday, June 13 […]
WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists meetingWHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM ET **Please note this meeting is a change from June 13th**TOPIC: Accessing Free Biomedical Literature in DisastersSPEAKERS: Claire Allen, Knowledge Manager for Evidence Aid and Maria Collins, Public Services Division, National Library of MedicineEvidence Aid, established f […]
Please mark your calendars for the following session at the SLA Annual Conference:Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:00 a.m. - NoonDisaster Planning for Information Professionals -Come learn how you can be indispensable to your organization when disaster happens! Hurricane, tornado, wildfire, flood, bird flu or earthquake: it’s no longer “if," but "when.” S […]
FYI - this will be of interest to some people on this list I think.........."I am pleased to announce the release of our survey report on social mediaand new technology use by U.S. emergency management agencies. Working withthe National Emergency Management Association, we conducted a survey ofstate, county, and local U.S. emergency management agencies […]
I thought this might be of interest to the list:The National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region(NN/LM SCR) recently awarded the NN/LM SCR Disaster Preparedness Award to LouisianaState University Health Science Center - Shreveport (LSUHSC-S) for theirproject: "Are You Prepared? Promoting Disaster Preparedness in NorthwestLouisiana thro […]
Representatives from all eight NN/LM regions met at the Library of the Health Sciences on the University of Illinois/Chicago (UIC) campus on Friday, April 8, to hear about progress of the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness and Response Initiative to date, to share updates from all the regions, and to discuss possible future objectives. In addition to NN/LM Associate Directors and State Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, Cindy Love of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) and Cindy Olney, of NN/LM’s Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) attended and spoke to the group.
It was exciting to hear about the many accomplishments of the NN/LM regions in educating members in emergency preparedness; great work everyone! Cindy Olney presented the results of this year’s follow-up assessment conducted by OERC, which showed improvement in the levels of knowledge and preparedness for emergency response for members across the regions since the baseline assessment was done in 2008. Many thanks to Cindy Olney and Susan Barnes, also of OERC, for their work in helping us see what has been done well and what still needs to be done! Dan has added a couple of photos from the meeting to the “Photos” section here on the toolkit. Many thanks also to Ruth Holst and her staff in the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region’s office at UIC, especially Rosalva Diaz and Max Anderson, for hosting the meeting and for facilitating food, handouts, wireless access, and dozens of other aspects of a successful meeting.
Many thanks to Gail Kouame and all the Emergency Preparedness & Response (EP&R) State Coordinators in the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) of NN/LM for sending us their white paper describing PNR’s regional efforts to assist hospital librarians in emergency preparedness. Click here to view: Region 6 Emergency Preparedness Report Feb 2011-1
The paper includes an accounting of how their initiative developed and was implemented, along with photos of the Coordinator group and the emergency kits and promotional items they distributed. There are also documents in the appendix of the paper that will no doubt be helpful in similar efforts. Thanks to all of you who prepared the report, and congratulations on work well done!
The “10 Steps” roadshow visited the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) of NN/LM at New York University’s medical center on Monday and Tuesday this week. While our number was small, the quality of the feedback we received and the ideas that were generated were excellent. Kate Oliver, Associate Director of the MAR, and her staff welcomed us for updates and the 10 Step “train the trainer” session on Monday, then a special session on Tuesday, working with two of their EP state representatives, Sue Ben-Dor and Mary Lou Glazer, on developing Pocket Response Plans for hospital libraries. We benefited from learning about possiblilities for networking and support in MAR, and we hope the session created some interesting ideas for follow-up by MAR members. Thanks to Kate and her staff for their hospitality, and we look forward to hearing great things from MAR this year.
Mary Congleton, the AHEC Librarian at the University of Kentucky Medical Library, taught the “10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning” at the recent meeting of the Kentucky Medical Library Association. She reports that the class was very well-received, and that the participants left with some ideas and tools for helping their libraries become better prepared for emergencies. (Participants also received MLA CE credit for completing the class.) Mary is the State Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness for Kentucky in the Greater Midwest Region of NN/LM. She has been asked to present the class again at the University, helping to spread the word about the importance of looking at risk, developing procedures, and making plans for continuing service to patrons in an emergency. Great work, Mary!
The Emergency Preparedness & Response Committee for the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) of NN/LM met at the Embassy Suites near the University of South Florida, in Tampa, FL on July 14, amongst live oak trees with Spanish moss and crepe myrtle trees in full bloom–a Southern summer in full swing! To see the State Coordinators, check out the picture in the Photo Gallery (not pictured–the West Virginia Coordinator). In addition to the Region’s State Coordinators for emergency preparedness, the SE/A RML was represented by Executive Director Janice Kelly and Network Coordinator and Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator Beth Wescott. During the morning session, the group heard an overview and updates on the past year’s progress of the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan from Dan Wilson, Coordinator of the National plan. Following Dan’s presentation, all state coordinators reported on the status of preparedness in their areas, which had all been fortunate during the past year, having escaped major damage or service disruption from hurricanes or tornadoes, two of the highest risks for the region. Following the state reports from Maryland, D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico, all the state coordinators participated in the ”train the trainer” session for the “10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning” for health sciences libraries and information centers, providing some excellent feedback on the new curriculum materials. SE/A representatives scored high, almost across the board, in the risk assessment exercise, due to the number of weather-related risks as well as port cities, and chemical and nuclear facilities.
During and after lunch, Dan facilitated a discussion about issues to be addressed in the region such as methods of communication, “buddy library” relationships, and the roles of the RML and the state coordinators. The consensus was that the group is well-positioned for continued progress with regard to promoting emergency preparedness in the states and across the region, and plans are underway for hosting and teaching classes and representing the initative within local and regional groups.
Click on image above for information on creating a one page Service Continuity Plan (SCP) for your library. (The SCP was adapted from the Council of State Achivists (CoSA) PReP.)
NN/LM EP&R Training Opportunities
Click on the image above for NN/LM EP&R training opportunities.
How to Use the Toolkit
1. Where to get information on HOW TO WRITE A DISASTER PLAN. Click on the Writing Your Disaster Plan page. Download the template for the Service Continuity Pocket Response Plan (PReP) and fill it out. For some libraries, the PReP may be enough. Others may want to start with the PReP and then develop a comprehensive plan as time permits.
2. Where to GET HELP following some kind of disaster or service disruption. Click on the Calling for Help page. Listed is contact information for your Regional Medical Library as well as library networks that provide consultation services (some at no cost), 24/7.
3. How to get TRAINING ON SERVICE CONTINUITY and libraries. Click on the Training Opportunities page and select the option that best fits your needs. Contact your NNLM RML at 1-800-338-7657, or the Coordinator, Dan Wilson, at email@example.com, to inquire about scheduling or participating in a class.
Emergency Access Initiative
EAI provides free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public in the United States affected by disasters.
CDC Map showing current incidence of influenza in the U. S.
Creators of the popular Emergency Response & Salvage Wheel and the Field Guide to Emergency Response. Offer many free resources on disaster planning and response. Co-sponsor — with FEMA — of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force.
Current news and resources for preparedness; see especially the “Preparedness, Response, Recovery” section.
Library services including disaster planning and preservation, primary areas are Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern and New England regions of U.S.