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SE/A EP&R Committee Meets in Tampa

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

The Emergency Preparedness & Response Committee for the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) of NN/LM met at the Embassy Suites near the University of South Florida, in Tampa, FL on July 14, amongst live oak trees with Spanish moss and crepe myrtle trees in full bloom–a Southern summer in full swing!  To see the State Coordinators, check out the picture in the Photo Gallery (not pictured–the West Virginia Coordinator).  In addition to the Region’s State Coordinators for emergency preparedness, the SE/A RML was represented by Executive Director Janice Kelly and Network Coordinator and Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator Beth Wescott.  During the morning session, the group heard an overview and updates on the past year’s progress of the NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan from Dan Wilson, Coordinator of the National plan.  Following Dan’s presentation, all state coordinators reported on the status of preparedness in their areas, which had all been fortunate during the past year, having escaped major damage or service disruption from hurricanes or tornadoes, two of the highest risks for the region.  Following the state reports from Maryland, D.C., West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico, all the state coordinators participated in the “train the trainer” session for the “10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning” for health sciences libraries and information centers, providing some excellent feedback on the new curriculum materials.  SE/A representatives scored high, almost across the board, in the risk assessment exercise, due to the number of weather-related risks as well as port cities, and chemical and nuclear facilities. 

During and after lunch, Dan facilitated a discussion about issues to be addressed in the region such as methods of communication, “buddy library” relationships, and the roles of the RML and the state coordinators.   The consensus was that the group is well-positioned for continued progress with regard to promoting emergency preparedness in the states and across the region, and plans are underway for hosting and teaching classes and representing the initative within local and regional groups.

MAC Meeting Features Emergency Response Topics

Monday, October 15th, 2007

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) of MLA met last week in Baltimore, MD for their annual meeting.  The program featured several emergency response planning topics:

  • keynote address:  Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.  Dr. Benjamin spoke on “Building Community Resilience:  Ensuring Emergency Preparedness”
  • poster presentation featuring this site (Disaster Planning for Health Sciences Libraries) as an example of how a blog can function as an information resource
  • NN/LM update:  Janice Kelly gave an overview of NN/LM activities including the creation of the National Emergency Preparedness Plan task force.  Janice was introducing Dan Wilson, who would be speaking about the plans being developed, when the hotel’s alarm began to sound and everyone had to evacuate the building!  Fortunately, we were allowed back inside within about 15 minutes, and Dan was able to quickly go through his presentation, which included an overview of the plan in process, the outcomes of the THeSLA meeting, and the basics of the response procedure at this time.