*Selections from over 100 e-sources**Follow NLM_DIMRC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC ****Preformulated PubMed Searches on Healthy People 2020 Preparedness Objectives***Healthy People (HP) is a national health promotion program to improve the health of all Americans. Initiated in 1979 and led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]
We have digitized most of the historical articles written for the Journal of the Florida Medical Association. Several of these articles deal with disasters such as hurricanes and epidemics.Here is the link to the full text of this article. I hope you find it interesting. http://home.smh.com/sections/services-procedures/medlib/Medlib_Info/Killer%20'Canes […]
Hi everyone,The Evidence Aid resource page for the Philippines has been updated this week and can be found here: http://www.evidenceaid.org/resources-following-typhoon-haiyan-in-the-philippines/The resources include the following:Evidence Aid Special CollectionsThe following four systematic reviews discuss the health impacts of windstorms and flooding, and w […]
WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinarWHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM ETWHO 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 post to your social media accounts. […]
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the following reports today, 11/26/13:ReportsHurricane Sandy Relief: Improved Guidance on Designing Internal Control Plans Could Enhance Oversight of Disaster Funding. GAO-14-58, November 26.http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-58Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/659238.pdfNational Preparedness: […]
All,If you want to sign up to receive direct notifications (via Twitter, Facebook and/or listserv) of future events see below.Search/report via our PEOPLE LOCATOR(r) website here: https://pl.nlm.nih.gov/haiyan/.Thanks,Mike GillLost Person Finder Projecthttp://lpf.nlm.nih.gov301-435-3212/desk
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*Selections from over 100 e-sources**Follow NLM_DIMRC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC****November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month***Without working infrastructure, medical and public health services and facilities quickly encounter major difficulties in continuing operations. Also, disruptions to food distribution, nuclear p […]
FYI - A person posted this on another listserv, and as others here might find this of interest, here you go............apologies if you have already seen this.APHA's Get your 'Get Ready 2014 Pup-Preparedness' Calendar....The calendar is free to print, and lots of people like cute dog pictures.http://www.getreadyforflu.org/dogphotocontest.htmAl […]
Dear all,The Evidence Aid searchable resources page (www.evidenceaid.org/resources) has been updated with free access to 13 new Cochrane Reviews - the resources include short evidence summaries and links to the full Cochrane Reviews, available free of charge. The 13 reviews are:Antibiotic prophylaxis for preventing burn wound infectionReady-to-use therapeuti […]
Posted on August 9th, 2012 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Shooter
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Here’s an excellent video from the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security called RUN>>HIDE>>FIGHTSurviving and Active Shooter Event. Before sharing it with a wide audience in your institution, you may want to first run it by your security office. Also, some scenes are rather intense.
Posted on August 2nd, 2012 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Announcements
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NN/LM Washington DC Power Outage Summit
September 5, 2012
9:00am – 4:30pm
Library of Congress/James Madison Building/Mumford Room
Please join us for a morning of speakers and discussion about the impact of a power outage on library services and collections and the roles libraries and librarians can play in their communities or institutions in response to a major power outage. The afternoon sessions will feature a workshop on building your library’s readiness and a disaster information specialization certificate class.
9:00-9:10 Dan Wilson, Coordinator, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative
9:10-9:35 Sonya Williams, Risk Manager, DC Public Libraries/Markus Rauschecker, Continuity Planner, Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency
9:35-10:00 Michael Salmons, Director of Emergency Management in the Office of Security, Library of Congress
10:00-10:25 Andrew Robb, Preservation Department, Library of Congress
10:30-10:55 Pete Pedersen, Pepco (Potomac Electric Power Company)
11:05-11:20 Cindy Love, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DMIRC), National Library of Medicine
11:20-12:00 Sue Taylor, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)/ Lisa McGee, American Red Cross
12:00-12:30 Panel Discussion
1:30-4:30 Class: Information Roles in Disaster Management
Workshop: Improving Your Library’s Readiness
There is no charge to attend the morning or afternoon sessions. Seating is limited. Please register at:http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html. Use the dropdown menu on the form to register for the Summit and, if you wish, then use the back arrow on your browser to register for either the Information Roles in Disaster Management class or the Improving Your Library’s Readiness workshop.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
Pepco (unless they are in emergency operation mode)
District of Columbia Public Library
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)
Library of Congress (Preservation Directorate and Office of Security & Emergency Preparedness)
National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)
National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
American Red Cross
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.
Posted on July 10th, 2012 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Announcements
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, prehospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.
NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies. Summaries of the seven projects funded for 2011-2012 can be viewed at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2011disasteroutreachawards.html.
Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.
The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2 pm ET. Proposals are limited to six pages plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this requirement has been split into two solicitations; one Partial Small Business Set-Aside (RFP No.: NIHLM2012411) and; one Full and Open (RFP No.: NIHLM2012412). The solicitation notices are on FedBizOpps.gov as follows:
The National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, and other resources.
Posted on June 13th, 2012 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Meeting Reports
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Elizabeth Norton, Dan Wilson, and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell
The DC SLA Military Librarians sponsored a program on disaster preparedness and response yesterday evening in the beautiful Charles Sumner School, Museum & Archives, in downtown Washington, DC. Speakers included Elizabeth Norton, NLM Disaster Information Management & Research Center, Dan Wilson, Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Librarian, Aquilent, Inc, at NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center.
Ms. Norton kicked off the program with a presentation about the objectives of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), which include 1) organize and provide access to disaster health literature and resources, 2) develop emergency response tools, 3) conduct outreach and develop partnerships, including the support of disaster information specialists, and 4) conduct health IT research and development. She spoke of NLMs disaster-related topics pages and the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, and covered free disaster tools, such as WISER, CHEMM, REMM, and TOXNET. She ended her presentation with a description of the NLM/MLA Disaster Information Specialization program and courses. Question: What are your priorities of new tools going forward? Answer: Looking at providing CHEMM within WISER and integrating the updated 2012 Emergency Response Guide. In addition, we’d like to keep up with apps development. Question: Is there a topics page for mental health? Answer: Not yet, but is on the list. (Person asking the question offered to help develop the page.) Question: How are you getting information out to the emergency management community? Answer: We exhibit at their conferences. (Person asking the question offered to help push out the information.)
Mr. Wilson introduced the audience to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and provided a background to the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan, which was activated in January 2008. Following the background information, he spoke about the NN/LM EP&R Tookit, the one-page service continuity plan, the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning training program, and the newly created 15 Elements of a Library at a High State of Readiness. He then talked about an outreach project with the Library of Virginia and spoke about the importance of getting at least two of the following elements for successful outcomes: 1) a strong network, 2) a motivated audience, and 3) a shared geography. Mr. Wilson ended his presentation talking about the NN/LM summit meetings in Miami and San Francisco. Question: What are your plans for the future? Answer: Create a training program around the 15 Elements of a Library at a High State of Readiness and develop an NN/LM Tornado Summit. Question: Talk a little more about how much training you’ve done with the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning and the type of response you have been getting. Answer: The training program has been rolled out in all eight regions of NN/LM. Training can be done by me, staff at NN/LM, or self-paced virtually. (Most of the training is now being done by NN/LM staff.) Response has been very positive from class participants.
Ms. Champ-Blackwell highlighted communication tools used by DIMRC, including their listserv, Twitter feed, and monthly teleconferences. She then spoke about how NLM uses Hootsuite to manage their tweets. She then spoke on “apps” and mobile optimized websites. In addition, she explained what a native app is and briefly talked about the importance of gaining awareness about the different mobile platforms and operating systems. Finally, she promoted the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/index.html). Question: You do a great job tweeting. Is it from experience? Do you have guidelines? Answer: It’s a team effort. First of all, we have a list of over 100 resources that we follow our twitter streams. We push out NLM resources two times a day. On Hootsuite you can schedule when your tweets go out, which I sometimes do while commuting to work on the bus. We developed a spreadsheet of every page on the DIMRC site that we have linked to and we use go.usa.gov to shorten the URLs. All of June’s two tweets per day are already scheduled. We then focus time of doing the social part: the re-tweeting, and the thanks for tweeting our stuff. Question: Where do you see Twitter two years from now? How do you archive tweets? Answer: That’s a tough question and one that I’m working on, including exploring Twitter API. Question: Some of us are not allowed to access Twitter or Facebook. Any suggestions? Participant response: We just got an exception. It’s worth a try. Answer: Develop a plan to present to your supervisors with a list of who you will follow, how you will use the account. I’ll share a list of approved DIMRC sources on the Disaster Outreach listserv that can be used to try to get exceptions. Question: Following a disaster, if you see tweets from non-approved sources, can you do original reporting via Twitter? Answer: Our job at NLM is to support other libraries who would like to send reports of resources during and following disasters.
This morning I presented with Cindy Church at the Virginia Library Association Paraprofessional Forum. Cindy, Continuing Education Consultant at the Library of Virginia (LoV), has been working with us since the summer of 2010 when we needed a strong network to sponsor an EP&R conference we were planning for the state of Virginia. Partnering with Cindy and the LoV afforded us the five elements below, which proved to be a major factor in the successful completion of our project. If you work with outreach programs, it might behoove you to consider partnering with you state library.
Cindy Church and Dan Wilson. Photo by Susan Yowell
Posted on May 14th, 2012 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Drills, Earthquakes
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Claire Hamasu, Associate Director, NN/LM MidContinental Region, shares her experiences during the Great Utah Shakeout drill, which lasted three days, from April 17th to 19th. This is a great example of the value of incorporating drills into your emergency planning strategy.
On a cool, rainy, overcast morning among good natured grumbling about “why couldn’t we choose a different day to have an earthquake” the Great Utah ShakeOut shook the Eccles Health Sciences Library. The Great Utah ShakeOut (http://www.shakeout.org/utah/) was an earthquake drill that tested the state’s emergency response systems and, for the responders, lasted three days, April 17-19, 2012. For those of us in the library it lasted 45 minutes, from the time the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit at 10:15 am till we returned from the evacuation area at 11 am. The whole university participated, even construction workers building the new pharmacy building. In the health sciences center, only hospital employees providing direct patient care were exempt.
The official communication via text announcing the start of the drill didn’t reach everyone. There were library employees who did receive the message and communicated with others to “duck, cover and hold on.” As I was “cowering” under my desk, I used my cell phone to alert my designated contact in the RML to initiate the RML’s emergency plan. I let her know that we had just had an earthquake, I wasn’t able to provide the status of the rest of the staff, and the library would soon be evacuating. The contact notified the rest of the MCR staff about the drill in Utah. RML staff went through the pretend process of putting Eccles Health Sciences DOCLINE on hold and adding details to our emergency template message to go out on communication channels.
Library staff merged into the parade of colorful umbrellas walking to the designated evaluation area. I located the individuals reporting to me, noting that everyone had made it out of the library safely. I tried calling my contact to give her an update, but she couldn’t hear me. I sent her an email and later learned her computer was down so she didn’t receive the message.
Some things we learned in the library. We needed to reinstitute a staff reporting system. People didn’t know who to notify that they had made it out safely. We have a collection of emergency reference books on a book truck. The triage location was set up down the road and a book truck is not a viable way to get the resources to the health care providers. We need a container that is totally enclosed and on wheels. The emergency contacts for libraries and museum meeting location needed to more centralized and closer to the emergency command center. If transportation and communication was down, this would reduce the distances people would have to walk and the environmental dangers they would encounter in order to produce a status report on the libraries and museums.
The RML reviews its emergency plan annually. Despite this regular review we discovered that much had changed with our communication tools. We need to revise how we use them, incorporating the new communications we now employ. We also need to verify that staff is receiving messages from the disaster site.
Utah is overdue for its next big earthquake that happens every 30 years. Drills like this will ensure that we’re better prepared.
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.