Click on the link below to see the report of the NN/LM/New England Region Extreme Weather Disaster Summit that took place on November 22, 2013, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Special thanks to Meredith Solomon, Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Cindy Hahn, Liz Foley, Chris Montiverdi, and Susan Yowell, for all their contributions.
On Wednesday, December 11th, approximately 20 librarians gathered with the Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, and two Tidewater Area emergency planners at the Hampton Public Library. Most of the librarians were affiliated with the Hampton Public Library; however, other libraries in the Tidewater Area of Virginia were present.
Following Dan Wilson’s presentation of the accomplishments and activities of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, Sara Ruch, Deputy Coordinator, Emergency Management Office, City of Hampton, spoke about the ways her office has partnered in the past with the Hampton Public Library, particularly with preparedness activities. She encouraged attendees to contact their local Emergency Management Office to start a partnership. She was certain that any outreach effort would be very welcomed.
Teresa Winstanley, Coordinator/Program Manager for the Peninsula Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), finished the program with an overview of the mission of the MRC and the many ways that they use non-medical volunteers. She also encouraged attendees to reach out to the MRC in their areas and become a volunteer.
All attendees were given the template for the one page disaster plan created by the Lodi Public Library in Lodi, New Jersey. The Lodi plan was created using the NN/LM One Page Service Continuity plan adapted from the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) pocket response plan.
NN/LM and the Virginia State Library are exploring the possibility of returning to the Tidewater Area this spring to offer advanced training.
Comments from Attendees:
Thank you so much for your presentation. The one page plan in particular I think will be useful as we look at updating our current behemoth of an emergency plan as well as look for ways to coordinate better with other City Departments.
Click on the link or the image below to see our report of the NN/LM Hurricane Summit. It’s very visual, in order to give the reader a feel for not just the content of the Summit but also the speakers and the venue. Background information on some of the speakers and their past research is provided through hyperlinks, and contact information is available at the end of each section. The Takeaways page lists key elements of the Summit that can be used to explore further research.
Raymond Santiago: COOP planning for the Miami/Dade Public Library System
MaryEllin Santiago: Experiences as project director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Gulf Coast Libraries Project
Mary Moore: University of Miami Health Sciences Library’s participation in Haiti earthquake relief
Tony Gonzalez: Emergency planning activities at the Miami/Dade Department of Public Health
Michelle Malizia: Survey of public libraries and disaster response
Recently, we facilitated a meeting in Hampton, VA which was aimed at establishing relationships among public libraries, medical libraries, and community emergency preparedness and response. Our guest speaker was Teresa Blakeslee, the Peninsula Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator for Virginia. She spoke about the role of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in community preparedness and response, and helped us to identify possible roles for librarians who are interested in participating in that work. In addition to the health professionals who are deployed to emergency response sites, they need support people, too, and librarians typically have lots of skills that would benefit them, such as organizational abilities, communication skills, technological proficiency, and public service. MRC provides free training and maintains a database of volunteers based on abilities, willingness to be deployed locally or outside the area, special skills such as interpretive/translation skills, etc. To find out more, visit their website at http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/HomePage.
Ideas for becoming involved:
* Participate in initiatives that enhance and strengthen public health such as vaccination and health education programs
* Become familiar with existing local emergency plans, procedures and facilities
* Receive free training and continuing education on topics like personal safety in emergency situations, emergency management, Incident Command System