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Becoming Agents of Community Resilience













Click on the image above to view the article that Susan Yowell and Dan Wilson wrote about roles for libraries and people that work for libraries in supporting community disaster resilience.  The article appeared in the Jul/Aug 2013 edition of Information Outlook: The Magazine of the Special Libraries Association.  Please send comments to me at

Evacuate or Shelter in Place?

Leave or Stay












This is a great resource for deciding when to evacuate and when to shelter in place, and it can easily be customized for use at your library.  Post it to inform patrons and staff, and also use it as a tool for carrying out drills with your public services staff.  (Check with your safety officials first to ensure that it complies with their procedures.)  Kudos to the staff at the University of Virginia Office of Emergency Preparedness for putting it together.  Click on the image above to see the entire page.

Ports in a Storm Conference, April 8, in Eatontown, New Jersey



Coffee & Continental Breakfast

Welcome & Introductions
Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian & conference partners

Lessons Learned from Super Storm Sandy
-Pat Tumulty, Executive Director of NJLA on advocacy during the storm, and how New Jersey libraries made their case during Hurricane Sandy.

-Barbara Lilley, New York State Library, will speak on the Office of Cultural Education’s coordinated response to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, before, during and after, and the NYS Library’s outreach efforts to customers, and partnership with NYS Office of Emergency Management.


Ports in a Storm: The Library as Community Emergency Response Center
-Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL & Certified Preservation Management Consultant
-Dan Wilson, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

How libraries can step into emergency response and recovery roles in their community. Information, strategies, and resources will be discussed so that a library of any size may position itself to serve its community as an unofficial disaster recovery center.


NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center: Support for librarians providing disaster information outreach to their communities

-Staff from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center,

Learn about training and networking support available for librarians who are interested in disaster information. Includes an overview of the free online disaster health information tools and resources developed by NLM to assist librarians, healthcare providers, first responders and the public.

Disaster Health Information Outreach Projects

-Staff from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center

The Disaster Information Management Research Center and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine have provided funding support for outreach and collaboration projects related to disaster health information. Projects will be highlighted to demonstrate collaborations between librarians and community partners with disaster-related responsibilities.

Community Partners Supporting Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery Efforts

-Facilitated by Dan Wilson, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

Speakers representing organizations with disaster-related responsibilities will discuss their responsibilities and roles in disaster preparedness, response and recovery, as well as opportunities for library and community involvement to support their efforts.

  • Rev. Wayne Jones, Disaster Coordinator for the Greater NJ Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Dr. George DiFerdinando, Director, NJ Center for Public Health Preparedness
  • Tim Settles: American Red Cross
  • Cathy McCann: New Jersey Volunteers Active in Disasters (VOAD)
  • Beth Hassek: Medical Reserve Corps
  • Alan Z. Aiches:  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Presented by the New Jersey State Library, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region, LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, and New Jersey Library Association

Registration Information:

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,

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

Directions and Parking Information:

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.