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Archive for the ‘Disaster / Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Announcing 1st Ever America’s PrepareAthon!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national and community-based campaign for action designed to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.  The overarching goal of the campaign is to increase the number of people who understand the hazards most relevant to their community, know the steps to take to protect themselves and their families and practice these steps.

America’s PrepareAthon! builds on existing preparedness campaigns by providing free downloadable materials including step-by-step implementation guides for workplaces, schools, houses of worship, community-based organizations, and the whole community to learn the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur.  Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.

Throughout the year, organizations can organize community days of action to encourage individuals to discuss, practice, and train for relevant hazards.  Twice a year, in the spring and fall, America’s PrepareAthon! will hold two national days of action.  The national day of action is April 30, 2014 and will focus on preparing organizations and individuals for tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and wild fires.  The second national day of action year will be September 30, 2014.

To learn more about America’s PrepareAthon!, its supporters and to register your activity, visit  Follow the latest preparedness conversation on Twitter @PrepareAthon using #PrepareAthon.  If you have any questions, please send your comments to

Mass Gatherings – Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The University of North Carolina Gillings School Of Global Public Health hosted a webinar on February 27th, 2014, that provided an overview of the Boston Marathon, the public health concerns before the race, the communication and information needs after the bombing, and a summary of lessons learned. The Marathon was used as a case study example to assist others in preparing for public health concerns for future mass gatherings.  The free webinar has been added to the Biosurveillance Knowledge Repository, created by the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center along with support materials for those who are interested in more in-depth information.

This App Tells Loved Ones You’re OK After a Bombing

Friday, April 18th, 2014

From The Atlantic April 17, 2014

This App Tells Loved Ones That You’re OK After a Bombing

A woman in Paris developed this app that posts a message to Twitter with the hashtags.  There are a preselected group of hashtags and new ones can be added.  The update can be posted to Facebook via the app.

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014


Awardee:  Robyn Hillman-Harrigan, Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project
Project:  Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project Technology Improvement from Superstorm Sandy

Awardee:  Elizabeth Irish, Schaffer Library of Health Sciences, Albany Medical College
Project:  Educating K-12 Professionals to Meet the Health Information Needs of Special Needs Children and Their Parents: A Collaborative Outreach Project of Albany Medical College and the East Greenbush Central School District

Awardee:  Michele Klein-Fedyshin, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Project:  Assessment of Information Literary Skills and Training Needs of Hospice Nurses

Date / Time:   Thursday, April 24, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

  • If you’re unable to connect for any reason, then join us by phone:  1-888-850-4523, Participant Code:  172486.

Disaster Apps Challenge

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The National Defense University’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy recently launched a Disaster Apps Challenge. The Challenge encourages developers to build upon an open source disaster relief application that is already being used in the field, resulting in disaster apps that are well built and useful to a broad range of users. Submissions are due June 20, 2014.

Managing Chaos: A Disaster Planner’s Handbook

Friday, April 4th, 2014

From the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene:

Managing Chaos: A Disaster Planner’s Handbook – Guide and Tools

Sparky the Fire Dog

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Sparky the Fire Dog is the mascot for the National Fire Protection Association. The Sparky the Fire Dog website allows kids to explore and learn about safety in a safe and interactive environment. During March, the “Cool To Do” section highlights reading. Kids can print out bookplates and find mystery stories to read to learn about fire safety. March 18th is Sparky’s birthday, so be sure to check out the fun on the birthday page as well; there you will find a downloadable eBook for kids ages 7-12.

Cool To Do: Read for Safety:

Sparky’s Birthday Surprise:

U.S. Calls on Hospitals to Hone Disaster Plans

Friday, March 21st, 2014

“HHS officials are calling for sweeping new requirements for the nation’s health care providers that would ensure that all facilities—from large hospitals to home health agencies—are prepared to act in the event of a disaster, the New York Times’ Sheri Fink reports.”

Citing Urgent Need, U.S. Calls on Hospitals to Hone Disaster Plans. NY Times March 11

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers:  A Proposed Rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on 12/27/2013

Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from NLM

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region  is offering a webinar next week that is open to anyone (not just New Englanders).

Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine – Health Care Workforce COI

The Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest is offering a webinar next week. Please see the details below:


TITLE: Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine – Health Care Workforce COI

DATE: Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  2:00-3:00. Online.

INSTRUCTORS: Hathy Simpson, MPH, Public Health Information Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

Meredith Solomon, MLS.  Education and Outreach Coordinator.  National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

DESCRIPTION:  This webinar, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest, will be an overview of some lesser-known but equally valuable information resources maintained by the National Library of Medicine.  Hathy Simpson, Public Health Information Specialist, will discuss public health resources including the public health portal,, and Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (pre-formulated searches of PubMed). Meredith Solomon, Education and Outreach Coordinator, will present on the tools and resources available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center.  These include web-based programs and portable apps designed for first responders and other medical personnel responding to biohazard emergencies.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region blog.

For additional information, please contact Stephanie Friree,

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

If any of our network members have special announcements they’d like to share, let us know!  We’d love to brag about any awards received, publications, MLA-related news, or whatever.  Simply send your announcement to Missy Harvey at and we’ll be happy to share your news with ALL of our network members.