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 […]
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.
Posted on December 27th, 2011 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Emergency Response
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It’s been nearly three years now since the Cologne Archives building collapsed on March 3, 2009. Below is a firsthand account of the collapse from Bettina Schmidt-Czaia, director of the municipal depository, who was in the building at the time. The article is from The Guardian Weekly.
Posted on December 2nd, 2011 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Hurricanes
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Here’s NOAA’s time-lapse video of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. Although an active season, only two storms, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, had a direct impact on the mainland United States, causing flooding in the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Puerto Rico was spared Lee, but was impacted by Irene and Tropical Storm Emily.
Posted on November 30th, 2011 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Miscellaneous
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Here are some of the disaster information outlets offered by DIMRC:
The National Library of Medicine(NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) provides tools & resources around disaster medicine & public health. For daily news bytes, follow DIMRC on twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/NLM_DIMRC. If you are looking for a more in-depth review of items, subscribe to the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dimrclistserv.html
You can find a listing of NLM social media tools on the “Follow, Fan and Connect with NLM” page http://www.nlm.nih.gov/socialmedia/index.html
Posted on November 28th, 2011 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Flooding
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I don’t think of New Mexico as a disaster-prone state, so last week’s FEMA announcement of disaster aid for flash flooding in August caught my attention. Flash flooding, which is defined as a flood developing within 6 hours, is particularly dangerous in desert areas where there is poorly absorbent, clay-like soil (Wikipedia). Here’s some raw video of flooding near Cochiti, New Mexico.
Posted on November 16th, 2011 by Dan Wilson | Filed under Preparedness
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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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.