Especially if you’re new to this site, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page (see top or side menu). We’ve tried to answer questions that will help you find what you’re looking for on the site and to know whom to contact for help or more information about emergency preparedness/response and service continuity. Do you have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQs? Just send it along to Susan Yowell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dan Wilson (email@example.com) and we will do our best to answer it.
The severe winter storm that affected (and still affecting) the Midwest, South, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, gave libraries in these regions a great opportunity to activate their service continuity plans. If you don’t have a plan, this is a good time to prepare for the next major service disruption. (Resources to help you can be found on our Writing Your Disaster Plan page.) If you did have a plan, how did it go? Would you change anything? If so, this is a good time to make those changes.
Here is a NOAA satellite view of the winter storm. Note the similarities of a hurricane. (Click on image to enlarge.)
Here at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, our pandemic planning group met earlier this week to assess the status of our preparedness for possible changes to staffing and operations in the event of the anticipated surge in H1N1 and seasonal influenza. We are attaching the document that resulted from the discussion at the meeting, in case it will be helpful to others who may also be in the planning process. To see the document, click on the “Pandemic Planning” tab above and find the link to “Pandemic plan CMHSL public” on that page.
Many thanks to Jim Honour at the University of Wyoming in Laramie for sending us this report (quoting from Jim below…). We hope to hear more details about the meeting soon, and are sorry to have missed it ourselves!
“Librarians from all six states in the MidContinental Region attended the Sixth Annual Wyoming Symposium for Health Information Professionals, July 15-17, 2009 at the Coe Library on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. This year’s theme was “Plowing Through Pandemonium: Proactive Librarians.” Most sessions focused on emergency preparedness for medical librarians. A highlight of the event was a half-day brainstorming session, using the Cafe-to-Go method, when attendees (20 librarians and eight representatives of Wyoming community-based organizations) met to find ways to partner to make biomedical information available during emergencies. Presentations during the Symposium included tips for using the WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders), continuity of library services during an emergency, funding available through the MidContinental Region for emergency planning projects, an eyewitness account from a colleague who was in New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina hit, and a keynote presentation by the Director of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security.”