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Disaster Communications Summit 2013

The Disaster Communications Summit was held in Chicago, IL, on March 7-8, 2013, and was co-sponsored by the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region and the NN/LM MidContinental Region. This one and a half day Summit was offered in three segments which were held on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Part 1: The Thursday morning program featured speakers from libraries and the emergency planning community and focused on the roles libraries/librarians can play before, during, and after a disaster, and on communication strategies. There were networking opportunities with NN/LM, DIMRC (NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center), and the emergency planning community.

Part 2: The CE Class, U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies, provided an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the U.S, with an emphasis on medical response. To determine where disaster information specialists might best fit into the US framework for disaster/emergency response, it is necessary to start with shared understanding of terminology, concepts, legislation, organizations, and lessons learned from previous incidents. The class described efforts to provide structure and order before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Changes over time in legislation and the US framework for disaster/emergency response were discussed using examples from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake. This course is a required class for the Disaster Information Specialization (DIS) Program and participants earned 3 MLA CE contact hours toward the DIS program.

Part 3: Dan Wilson lead an interactive workshop with take-away tools for improving your library’s readiness, including a one-page service continuity plan. Content included assessing the risks for disasters and emergencies in your local area and determining what library services and collections would have the highest priority during an emergency situation. This course, 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning, is an optional class for the Disaster Information Specialization (DIS) Program and participants earned 3 MLA CE contact hours for the DIS program for attending.

Part 1: Morning Session, March 7, 2013

Welcome: Ruth Holst, NN/LM GMR, and Claire Hamasu, NN/LM, MCR

Introduction: Dan Wilson, MLS, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator. Presentation: NN/LM Disaster Communications Summit. PDF file External Link Indicator

David Ibrahim, PhD
Director, Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Certificate Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. Presentation: Regional Public-Private Interoperable Communications for Catastrophic Events. PDF file

Jason Parker
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, University of Illinois Hospital. Presentation: Illinois Medical District Disaster Communication Strategies. PDF file

Panel Discussion facilitated by Dan Wilson via teleconference.

Cindy Love, MLS
National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) Presentation: National Library of Medicine Resources for Disaster Planning and Response. PDF file

Kacy Allgood, MLS
Embedded Librarian, Sewell Fellow, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS), Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children (IEMSC), Indiana University, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Out-of-Hospital Care, MESH. Presentation: Roles for Librarians in Disaster Communications: Experiences of an Ambulance-Riding Librarian. Also, visit her blog for more information on Adventures of an Ambulance-Riding Librarian External Link Indicator.

Part 2: Afternoon Session, March 7, 2013

US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
Taught by Cindy Love, MLS, National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) via videoconference. Access the course information and/or register for MLA CE at: Disaster Information Specialization Program. External Link Indicator

Part 3: Morning Session, March 8, 2013

Workshop on Service Continuity Planning
Taught by Dan Wilson, MLS, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator via videoconference. Access the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning information and resources on the: NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit. External Link Indicator

Check out our Facebook pictures of the Summit at: http://www.facebook.com/nnlmgmr External Link Indicator.
Visit the Twitter archive for #nnlmdcs for a play-by-play of the Summit.

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