For a feel-good-moment, check out the great variety of ways that libraries in NY, NJ and CT responded to Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy.Immediately after Sandy, the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) at NLM started collecting Sandy news stories, yielding an unprecedented number of stories about post-storm services. As we all know, there were […]
Hello,Thank you list serve members for posting information and resources tohelp the people impacted by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. I have sharedsome of the information with colleagues in Oklahoma and they are verygrateful.Here are resources for to share with your colleagues and counterparts,from the federal disability.gov.PaulaPaula NinivaggiStatewide Indepen […]
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health recentlycompiled a list of resources that support "a Nation of resilientcommunities" through education and training. Resources are broken down intofour areas: Background, Health Impacts of Tornadoes, Psychosocial, andCommunity Health Recovery. We call this resource, Resilience throughLearn […]
Libraries in the affected region, fourth email in the series.NATIONAL NETWORK OF LIBRARIES OF MEDICINE (NN/LM)SOUTH CENTRAL REGION includes Oklahoma.http://nnlm.gov/scr/The South Central Region blog includes updates on medical libraries in the tornado region, http://nnlm.gov/scr/blog/.Report from the Associate Director of the South Central Region, Michelle M […]
How to follow post-tornado information on social media. This is the third email in a series related to the Oklahoma tornadoes.These are the main social media channels (a sampling) we've identified. If you know of key additional ones, please share with the list. Most television and news radio stations also post their info on Twitter and/or Facebook. [... […]
Disaster-related health topics in MedlinePlus and other NLM resources. Please share these resources with your agencies and colleagues. This is the second email in a series related to the Oklahoma tornadoes.A reminder that the National Library of Medicine has materials on many disaster-related health topics in MedlinePlus. These may be useful for health messa […]
Our hearts are with the people and the responders of Moore and the Oklahoma City region as they meet the challenges of the loss and destruction caused by the recent tornadoes.We want to remind you that NLM's Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has information for medical, public health, and emergency management personnel regarding sa […]
In response to the devastating tornados hitting the Midwest, we want you to be aware of efforts to assist those in need and hope you can send this out to your listserv. Thank you.Traumatic events such as the tornadoes in the central US, including Oklahoma, lead to psychological distress. We have posted some custom materials: […]
Below are resources to help families and first responders impacted by the recent tornadoes.Tornado ResponseFactsheets for parents, teachers, children, and teens:After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal (PDF)>En Español [Después de Pasar por La Experiencia de Un Tornado]Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Tornado (PDF)Questions To Ask Your […]
*Selections from over 100 e-sources**Follow NLM_DIMRC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC ****Standardized Name for New Coronavirus***To provide uniformity and facilitate communication about the disease, the Coronavirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses has decided to call the new virus Middle East respiratory syndrome co […]
Last night I looked up and watched as four strangers applied splints to my arm and leg. Another stranger applied pressure to my carotid artery to stem the bleeding. They worked quickly and watched constantly for any changes in my condition. I felt no pain throughout the process, as I was the volunteer victim during the final hands-on session of my eight-week CERT training course. (CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team, a component of Citizens Corps, which is administered by FEMA. In the United States, there are over 1,100 community CERT programs.) My “victim” experience gave me a deep appreciation of the value of citizen volunteer groups, as they are likely the ones to provide initial treatment in the event of large-scale casualty situation.
Librarians can bring many skills to the emergency planning community. In CERT alone, there is a great need for database managers, newsletter writers, web page maintainers, social media specialists, and information providers at call centers. I am a member of the Info Team, a group of volunteers that takes non-emergency calls whenever the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) has been activated. An example of the type of call the Info Team would receive is someone asking about the availability of pharmacies following a disaster. I’ve also volunteered to provide assistance with social media, such as Twitter.
I highly encourage all librarians to explore ways to take part in emergency preparedness and response activities in their communities or institution. Go to the Citizen Corps website (URL: http://www.citizencorps.gov/) and do a zip code search in the box labeled Find Your Local Council to find contact information for area Citizen Corps organizations. In addition, you can find other volunteer groups by going to the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (URL: http://www.nvoad.org/states#sevend) and searching the Membership tab for your state. Finally, if you want a higher level of training on providing access to information for emergency preparedness and response, check out the Disaster Information Specialization Program offered by the Medical Library Association and the National Library of Medicine (URL: http://www.mlanet.org/education/dis/).
Libraries and librarians are playing a greater role in emergency preparedness and response throughout our nation. Emergency planners are recognizing our value and are working librarians and libraries into their planning strategies. There is a place for each of us somewhere in those strategies. All it takes is some time and commitment. The rewards are immeasurable.
Here are the elements that would be in place at a library that exhibits the highest state of readiness. The list is based on our experience along with information we provide in our training program. It’s likely that very few libraries, if any, have achieved this state, but it provides a bar for all of us to aim for. As we move into the new year, we will be searching for and highlighting any library that has achieved this esteemed status.Comprehensive Disaster Plan updated at least once a year
Comprehensive Disaster Plan updated at least once a year
Response station that includes posted response procedures and ready access to tools (e.g., flashlights, first aid kit, bullhorn, plastic, battery operated radio, etc.) for handling an emergency
One-page Service Continuity Pocket Response Plan (PReP) updated at least quarterly
Communication plan that incorporates redundancy of means of communication (such as what to do if cell phones don’t work) and procedures for updating website, Facebook page, and/or Twitter
Service continuity team
At least one scheduled evacuation drill per year
At least one table-top exercise per year
Library and/or librarians integrated into parent institution’s disaster plan
Core print textbooks/materials identified and labeled or shelved together
Servers with core online resources on unlimited emergency power
Mutual Aid Agreements with other libraries or networks for delivery of core services
Prioritized recovery list of all valuable and hard to replace materials
Partnership (contract not required) with commercial salvage and recovery company (e.g., Belfor, BMS, Munters)
72-hour emergency kits at the homes of all members of service continuity team
We now have a virtual 10-Step program! The program, under 16 minutes, is broken down into an introduction and 10 individual steps, so it can be worked on as time permits. In between some of the steps are assignments that, when completed, will greatly improve the readiness capabilities of your library. Please feel free to offer your comments or suggestions.
This year we are emphasizing the importance of having a 72-hour kit & plan for all library staff who are part of a service continuity team, because without a plan, staff are more likely to be focused on their needs, or their family’s needs, and not be able to take part in assuring that the library’s core resources and services remain available to your community following a disaster. Earlier this week, I sent a message to our local American Red Cross (ARC) chapter about 72-hour preparedness training opportunities. Here are some of the ARC resources referred to me by Mike Peoples, Preparedness Officer:
Community Disaster Education (CDE) courses through any local chapter. Our CDE training isn’t really based on a pre-disaster count-down as much as the training being centered around working towards being prepared “whenever” a disaster occurs…the training includes discussion of the importance of making a family (or business) communication plan (so that family members have “designated rally points” when something goes wrong – either around the home, community, or wider world. The training consists of a “series” of topics ranging from generic preparedness to event specific topics such as tornados, spring/winter storms, floods, hurricanes, home fires, wild fires, earthquakes, etc.
The “home page” for preparedness information can be found by clicking here.
If there are groups of folks (based on age, location, employment, etc.), someone from that group can contact their local chapter for additional information as well as to set up an actual CDE seminar based on the group’s interest (we’ve done them for businesses, seniors, boy scouts, schools, etc.!)
Here’s a video called “Let’s Make a Kit,” featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, an ARC volunteer:
When thinking about risk assessment, don’t forget about FEMA’s website that lists federal disaster declarations. Searchable by state, FEMA region, and disaster type, use this information to focus your training efforts and design table-top exercises.
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.