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Emergency Preparedness and Response

To help mitigate the impact of disasters on healthcare providers and their patients, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has developed and oversees an emergency preparedness and response plan to help network members maintain their information services in the event of a disaster. For state specific emergency information, click on the State Information page located in the navigation bar on the left, and then select your state-specific information. Alternately, see the State Resources section below.

Four Things YOU Can Do RIGHT NOW!

  1. Memorize 1-800-DEV-ROKS
    This is the NN/LM toll-free number (1-800-338-7657) in an easy-to-remember form, ROKS without a "c". It connects to the regional office of the Greater Midwest Region. Call this number when disaster strikes and overwhelms your ability to continue to provide services. The GMR will respond and assist you based on the national NN/LM Plan.
  2. Develop and maintain a disaster plan
    Even a little preparation, using simplified approaches, can substantially increase your ability to respond and recover from a disaster. For example, have you identified the unique resources you have and where they are located so you know what you must save when recovery time is limited? The NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative External Link Indicator can help you identify key elements of a disaster plan.
  3. Identify a back-up library
    Develop a relationship with a partner library and create a formal or informal mutual understanding of what will help if disaster strikes. Use the Sample Mutual Aid Agreement on the 10 Steps Workshop Materials External Link Indicator section of the Initiative.
  4. Get to know your GMR Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator
    For a contact list and description of the coordinator's responsibilities, see NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator Role Statement PDF file ( 58 kb, rev: Feb 28, 2013)

State Resources

Each of our state pages has specific information about emergency resources in that state. Find more information for: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

Web Links

Handouts and Brochures

For GMR Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinators

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