Disaster Summit: Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

Eight days until the next NN/LM EP&R Summit …

Disaster Summit: Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What would you do in the event of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest? With whom would you need to coordinate to continue to provide needed services? Spend the day with colleagues from across multiple disciplines to engage one another about disaster planning and response. We will use a magnitude 9 earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone as the scenario for our day’s discussions. Speakers include representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington State Emergency Management Division, and the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, just to name a few. Librarians, Emergency Reponders, Health Care Providers, and others will gather to learn and share and will walk away knowing more about how to foster and improve collaboration for disaster planning and response.

Summit Objectives:

Familiarize attendees with disaster issues and resources specific to the Pacific Northwest
Share best practices in disaster information management
Facilitate communication and cooperation among librarians and emergency planners
Increase attendees’ knowledge of a range of potential information services they could offer members of the disaster workforce
Raise attendees’ awareness about emergency preparedness and response tools and training resources offered through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Registration Information

Registration is free, but required. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register through the NN/LM online registration system.

Travel support is availble to PNR Network Members through Professional Development Awards.

This event has been approved for 6 Continuing Education contact hours by the Medical Library Association

PNR Contact: Gail Kouame, (206) 221-3449, gmarie@uw.edu

Seattle BioMed
Discovery Conference Room
307 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 09108

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Agenda for March 26th

8:30am Welcome and Introductions
Dan Wilson, Coordinator, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan
8:45am Keynote Address:
Cascadia Magnitude 9: What It Will Do and What You Can Do To Help
Joan Gomberg, Research Geophysicist, Earthquake Hazards Program, U.S. Geological Survey
9:45am Earthquake Response 101: What YOU Need to Know Ahead of the Disaster. Followed by Group Tabletop Exercise
John Schelling, Earthquake/Tsunami, Volcano Program Manager, Washington State Emergency Management Division
10:45am Break
11:00am The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Managment Research Center
Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Librarian, Aquilent, Inc., NLM Specialized Information Services Division
12:00pm Lunch (On your own)
1:30pm Belfor Property Restoration Services
Kurt Daviscourt, General Managaer, Belfor Property Restoration
1:45pm Panel: Cultural Competency Issues in Disaster Response
Rodolfo Hurtado, Viva Hispanic Foundation; Hendrika Meischke, Professor, Health Services, University of Washington; Mei Po Yip, Acting Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, University of Washington
2:45pm Coordinating The Healthcare And Public Health Response
Jennifer Chi, Northwest Health Care Response Network
3:30pm Breakout Sessions
4:30pm Wrap-up and Evaluations
Special thanks to Belfor for their participation in this event!
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00008-C with the University of Washington.

NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit: March 7th

Here’s the latest agenda for next week’s NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit. Hope to see you there.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Disaster Communication Summit

March 7, 2013

Location: 828 S. Wolcott Ave. at the UIC Student Center – West

Sponsored by: Greater Midwest and MidContinental regions of NN/LM


8:00-8:30         Registration

8:30-9:00         Introduction: Dan Wilson, MLS, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

9:00-9:30         David Ibrahim, PhD.  Director, Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Certificate Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.

Communication Gaps and Critical Infrastructure Needs for a Regional Catastrophic Event.

9:30-10:00         Miriam Miller, MPH, CHEC.  Emergency Management Coordinator, Rush University Medical Center and Jason Parker. Emergency Management Coordinator at UIC Medical Center.

Disaster Communication Strategies at Rush University Medical Center and the UIC Medical Center

10:00-10:30      Panel Discussion

10:30-11:00         Break

11:00-11:30      Cindy Love, MLS. National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) 

The Role of the Disaster Information Specialist

11:30-12:00     Kacy Allgood, MLS.  Sewell Fellow, Indiana University, Department of Emergency Medicine

Adventures of an Ambulance Riding Librarian

12:00-12:30     Morning Wrap-up

12:30-1:30       Lunch (on your own)

1:30-5:00         Disaster Information CE Class

U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies – provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the U.S, with an emphasis on medical response.  To determine where disaster information specialists might best fit into the US framework for disaster/emergency response, it is necessary to start with shared understanding of terminology, concepts, legislation, organizations, and lessons learned from previous incidents. The class describes efforts to provide structure and order before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Changes over time in legislation and the US framework for disaster/emergency response are discussed using examples from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake. This course is a required class for the Disaster Information Specialization (DIS) Program and participants will earn 3 MLA CE contact hours for the DIS program.

2012 NN/LM EP&R Toolkit Highlights & Usage Summary


MAR: Report of the NN/LM Hurricane Summit

MAY: NN/LM San Francisco Earthquake Summit Report

JUN: A Report of the DC SLA Military Librarians Program: Disaster Response – How Information Professionals Can Help

SEP: NN/LM Washington DC Power Outage Summit

OCT: Putting Us to the Test: Hurricane Sandy and Our Service Continuity Plan

NOV: A Call to Action

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A Call to Action

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.


Putting Us to the Test: Hurricane Sandy and Our Service Continuity Plan

Friday, October 26th:

We sent out an email to everyone on our Service Continuity Team asking for any changes to contact information and availability during the period of time Hurricane Sandy was predicted to affect the Central Virginia area.  Changes were made to our service continuity plan based on responses.

Sunday, October 28th:

University officials announce that classes are canceled for Monday and the clinics will be operating on a modified schedule.

Monday, October 29th:

10:30am:  We announce on the Library’s web page and Facebook that the Health Sciences Library will close at 7pm and that our after-hours area will open at that time.  We also activate our service continuity plan.  Our service continuity plan involves steps for keeping our core services and resources available from home.  These core services and resources include online resources, the proxy server, interlibrary loan (borrow), chat, reference email, and access to core textbooks.

Three staff are designated to handle access issues with online materials.  This provides redundancy if someone loses power.  Two staff are assigned to proxy issues and about four staff share chat/reference email.  Our ILL supervisor is the only one who can maintain ILL remotely, and we need power here at the library and her home for that to happen.

1:37pm: Lots of clouds but very little wind.  Rain and wind are suppose to kick in later this afternoon.

1:53pm: Hard rain begins to fall.  Wind is picking up.

Outside the Health Sciences Library at 1:53pm.

4:05pm: The SE/A RML in Baltimore will be closed tomorrow, and their “buddy” plan with PNR in Seattle has been activated.  The “buddy” plan involves forwarding all phone calls SE/A to Seattle.  This might come into play if SE/A libraries need to have their DOCLINE requests re-routed due to closures.

4:47pm: Two hours until Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the New Jersey coast.  Currently, from what I can see as I look outside the library, we have rain with a good breeze.  Temperature has dropped to 44 degrees.  The last hour or so I’ve been going over power outage scenarios.

Tuesday, October 30th:

7:15am: Made it home safely at 8pm last night to power but no internet.  Still no internet this morning, so I came into work at 6:30 to check email and weather conditions.  Weather conditions this morning are a lot like they were last night: breezy with a light rain.

I updated our home page (we’re opening today at our regular time) and the library’s voicemail.  Time now to sort out the staffing situation.

1:07pm: Staffing has been worked out and we will be able to operate under our normal hours.  Our service continuity plan will remain in effect throughout the business day.

1:25pm: Our Head of Collection Development, working from home, notified library staff that he fixed an access problem for one of our online journals.

3:35pm: We will deactivate our service continuity plan today at 5pm.  Our Service Continuity Team will gather for an After Action Review on November 8th when we will talk about what worked as well as areas we need to improve.

Thursday, November 8th:

Our after-action review focused on communication issues.  Specifically, the best way to contact staff that the library is closed and that the Service Continuity Plan has been activated.  We had been relying on staff to contact the University’s incident notification telephone number, but, conceivably, there could be situations where staff are not aware that something has happened and therefore would not think to call that number.  While we consider alternatives, all departments may work out notification systems tailored to their staff.

In addition, we determined that we need to list additional staff on the Service Continuity Team, update our procedures for providing updates on our webpage, and add additional vendor contact information.

The Service Continuity Plan will be updated and distributed to team members by the end of next week.