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 […]
Apologies for cross-posting, but this may be an event of interest.Planning for Pandemics: Crunching the Numbers on H1N1 - June 19, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT.https://events-na10.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1053915029/en/events/event/shared/1070490169/event_landing.html?sco-id=1074477638This webinar will focus on the findings from a recent retrospective s […]
OK, so this isn't exactly the kind of article that usually gets postedto the listserv.....http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/arts/music/laurie-anderson-and-kronos-quartet-at-montclair-state.htmlFrederic C. Pachman, AHIPDirector, Altschul Medical LibraryMonmouth Medical CenterLong Branch, New Jersey 07740732.923.6645Barnabas Health—Every Day. Extraordinar […]
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!
Recently, Dan has made two presentations, as an invited speaker, that featured the importance of service continuity planning for libraries, and in both cases he used the scenario of social distancing in response to the H1N1 influenza virus (see info from the CDC) as a basis. Some experts are warning that H1N1 may re-surge in the northern hemisphere early this fall, well before the tradional flu season, so it’s important that we remain aware of the potential risks from a more widespread epidemic than we have seen so far, and that we keep the banner of service continuity moving forward.
On July 9, Dan addressed the monthly conference call hosted by NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), giving an overview of this year’s activities of the NN/LM’s emergency preparedness initiative, and featuring the Hospital Librarians Summit which was held in Chicago in April (click here to see the posting about this). Other highlights of this year have been conducting training meetings with NN/LM staff and state coordinators in the PNR, SCR, GMR, PSR and SE/A regions, enhancing the Toolkit, and developing promotional materials. Several participants on the call confirmed that the training has been very effective so far, and “buy-in” from NN/LM members has been excellent.
On July 17, Dan addressed the annual Interlibrary Loan Forum of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) at Sweet Briar College in Lynchburg, VA. Working from the NN/LM’s emergency preparedness plan, which emphasizes service continuity, especially for Interlibrary Loan services, Dan presented the procedures that have been established through a partnership between the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for providing back-up ILL services for each other in an emergency, and which are transparent to library users. While the audience represented all types of academic libraries in Virginia, it included several who are NN/LM members. Click ILL Backup Plan VIVA to see Dan’s slides from the VIVA Forum.
If you would like more information about the ILL backup plan between the two libraries or about training for service continuity, please contact one of us (see the “About Us” tab at the top of the page).
The “10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning” class, created by the Coordinator and Project Assistant for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan, has been approved by the Medical Library Association (MLA) for 2 hours of Continuing Education credit, awarded at the conclusion of the class. To view information about the class, check here on the MLA Educational Clearinghouse site. (You can find the class by using “emergency” as the keyword in the search box on the first page of the site.) If you are interested in arranging a ”10-Step Approach…” class for yourself or a group, contact your NN/LM regional office at 1-800-338-7657. Classes are offered both face-to-face and virtually.
We met last week (June 22) with NN/LM staff from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) in the Louise Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA, along with representatives from the states in their region (see the photo of state representatives in the gallery here on the site). Attending for the states were: Amy Knehans from Hawaii, Cinda McClain from Arizona, Triza Crittle from Nevada, and Chapter liaisons Peggy Tahir and Irene Lovas from California. After an overview of progress of the national plan and reports from the state representatives and NN/LM staff, we presented the recently developed curriculum for use by NN/LM staff in training members in the “10-Step Approach to Service Continuity,” which now includes a new risk assessment exercise and score sheet handout (thanks to the South Central Region for the encouragement to develop this idea!).
Judy Consales, Director, and Julie Kwan, Network Coordinator of the PSR taught a class called “Are You Ready?” in Hawaii, presenting both face-to-face and using AccessGrid, which was quite successful. In addition to outreach efforts, Heidi Sandstrom, Associate Director, noted that their library has also continued to develop emergency preparedness plans, having recently enhanced signage and room numbers/designations to help with evacuations and troubleshooting in their building. Jake Nadal, of the UCLA Library’s Preservation Department, spoke to the group about UCLA’s efforts to provide continuous access to digital resources as well as how to plan for preservation of print materials and other library resources. The day closed with a discussion of goals for the region during the coming year, as well as some questions and ideas to be addressed, as outlined by Heidi.
Once again, we were energized by the excellent collaborative spirit of the NN/LM staff and the state representatives from the PSR, and benefitted from hearing about their successes as well as ideas for improvement of the plan and the resources offered (e.g. the Toolkit and the training materials). The PSR training meeting was our last NN/LM staff meeting for this contract year, and we can say without reservation that NN/LM Directors, Associate Directors, all NN/LM staff, and the state representatives have been unfailingly enthusiastic, hospitable, creative, and committed to including emergency preparedness in their outreach to NN/LM members.
On Monday of this week, we met with NN/LM staff at the South Central Region’s office at the Houston Academy of Medicine at the Texas Medical Center. Michelle Malizia, Associate Director, and her capable staff made the meeting a big success. Also attending were SCR’s state coordinators for emergency preparedness (see photo below).
Following an outstanding breakfast, the group introduced themselves and then heard an update from Dan about the progress of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Project since last year when we visited Houston. The remainder of the morning session contained the “train the trainer” session for the group about teaching the “10 Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning.” The afternoon session consisted of a lively discussion of other issues to be addressed during this year, with many helpful comments and suggestions from SCR staff as well as the state coordinators.
We enjoyed seeing the SCR staff as well as all the state coordinators and hearing about activities in their region. They maintain their close-knit network of information and support within the region, which is reinforced by the relative frequency of emergencies in the region due to hurricanes.
Yesterday, Dan and I presented a workshop on the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan, including an overview of the plan and training in the “10 Steps to Service Continuity” to the Tidewater Health Sciences Librarians (THSL). The group that gathered at the Health Sciences Library at Riverside School of Health Careers in Newport News, VA, was very interactive, sharing difficulties experienced in the past and asking some great questions about how to be best prepared for possible future emergencies. Since their area of the state is in the floodplain for storm surge and wind damage from hurricanes, as well being exposed to other risks, they have good reason to focus on service continuity to their patrons. See a picture of the group in the Picture Gallery here on the Toolkit.
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.