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Archive for the ‘Disaster / Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Have You Downloaded Your Disaster App Yet?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response App is now available for download on your iPhone®, Android™, or BlackBerry® device. Be among the first to try it out!

  • Be focused. Spend less time worrying about logistics so you can focus on what really matters—the people in need.
  • Be prepared. Rely on and access pre-downloaded resources on your phone in case of limited Internet connectivity.
  • Be confident. Review key preparedness materials so you’re confident about providing the best support possible.
  • Share resources easily. Send information to colleagues and survivors via text message or email, or transfer the information to a computer for printing.

Learn What People Do with MAR Award Funding

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Libraries of Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties Get OPAL Emergency Prep Training:  http://www.njstatelib.org/news/2014/feb/10/libraries_of_gloucester_salem_and_cumberland_counties_get_opal_eme

Home Medical Device Emergency Preparation

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Home Use Devices: How To Prepare For and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity.  US FDA

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/HomeHealthandConsumer/UCM252812.pdf.

ALA Launches Free e-Government Webinar Series

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland at College Park are pleased to announce the re-launch of Lib2Gov, an online e-government resource for librarians. Over the past few months, both organizations have worked to transition LibEGov—a project supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a National Leadership Grant—into Lib2Gov.

The redesigned website Lib2Gov allows libraries and government agencies to come together and collaborate, share resources and build a community of practice. Lib2Gov now provides a dedicated space where librarians can share materials, lesson plans, tutorials, stories, and other e-government content. The website offers a variety of resources from government agencies and organizations, including information on immigration, taxation, social security and healthcare.

In a few weeks, both organizations will host a new monthly webinar series, “E-government @ Your Library.” The webinars will explore a variety of e-government topics that will be of interest to librarians, including mobile government and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. All webinars are free and will be archived on the Lib2Gov site. The webinar schedule for Winter/Spring 2014.

  • Webinar 1: E-government @ Your Library (Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar offers general insights into how libraries can help meet the e-government needs of their communities in general and through the Lib2Gov web resource. Register now.

Speakers:

  • John Bertot, Ph.D., co-director, Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), and professor, in University of Maryland College Park’s iSchool
  • Ursula Gorham, graduate research associate, iPAC and doctoral candidate, University of Maryland College Park iSchool
  • Jessica McGilvray, assistant director, Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association’s Washington, D.C. office
  • Webinar 2: Government Information Expertise Online: Beyond the First Century of Federal Depository Library Program Practice (Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST) Register now.

This webinar will offer insights and techniques in how practicing government information professionals can use the strengths and opportunities of the depository library experience in several promising areas of digital reference, government information discovery tools and deliberative outreach to your community.

Speakers:

  • Cynthia Etkin, senior program planning specialist, Office of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
  • John A. Shuler, associate professor, University of Illinois, Chicago University Library
  • Webinar 3: An Introduction to Mobile Government Apps for Librarians (Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

The webinar will cover how librarians can teach patrons to use mobile devices, provide links on our webpages to government apps, and create apps for their own e-government websites. Register now.

Speakers:

  • Isabelle Fetherston, teen librarian, Pasco County Library System
  • Nancy Fredericks, member, Pasco County Library System Library Leadership Team
  • Webinar 4: Roles for Libraries and Librarians in Disasters (Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar presents information on libraries’ and librarians’ roles supporting their communities and the disaster workforce before, during, and after hazardous events and disasters. Register now.

Speakers:

  • Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Cindy Love, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Elizabeth Norton, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Webinar 5: Beta.Congress.Gov (Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

Sign-up information, as well as more information about webinar topics and speakers, is available. Please contact Jessica McGilvray (jmcgilvray@alawash.org) or John Bertot (jbertot@umd.edu) with questions about Lib2Gov or the webinar series.

How Guide Dogs Weather the Storm

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Easter Seals, January 13, 2014

This blog posting provides the perspective of winter weather through the experience of a person with a Seeing Eye Dog.  The snow adds layers of challenges to the daily activities of the person who relies on sounds now muffled by snow, and on their service animal, who must navigate streets coated in salt and snow:  http://blog.easterseals.com/how-guide-dogs-weather-the-storm/

MAR Announces New Funding Opportunities

Friday, January 31st, 2014

NN/LM MAR announces a new round of funding for projects to be completed May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015.

Available Awards

  • New!  Emergency Preparedness / Library Partnerships
  • New!  Health Information Awareness
  • Outreach to Consumers:  now includes funding for underserved, minority populations
  • Medical Library Projects
  • Exhibitor Awards:  now includes K-12 nurses, health / science teachers or librarians
  • Professional Development
  • Outreach to Health Professionals:  now includes funding for…
    • community college faculty, librarians and/or students affiliated with health sciences programs at their college
    • minority health students or health professionals, or health professionals serving medically underserved areas / populations

Apply now!  Applications accepted until March 14, 2014http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/

To learn about funding MAR has awarded previously:

Libraries Receive Funding for Community Disaster Preparedness Programs

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Check out this great article about libraries that had received NN/LM MAR funding in the past:  http://www.njstatelib.org/news/2014/jan/27/libraries_receive_funding_for_community_disaster_preparedness_prog

Is the Weather Getting to You?: Make Sure You’re Prepared for the Next Storm!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Class:                10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

Presenter:       Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Details:             http://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=489

Date / Time:  Wednesday, January 29  / 9:30 – 11 am (ET)

Thursday, January 30  /  9:30 – 11 am (ET)

Where:             Online

Summary:  The goals of the class are to raise awareness of the need for emergency preparedness and response planning, and to provide tools for enhancing preparedness for libraries. You will learn how to conduct a risk assessment for your library, how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and through the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure.  5 MLA CEs.

Chemical Information and the West Virginia Elk River Chemical Release

Friday, January 24th, 2014

You may be aware from multiple news sources that very little information was available about 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol at the time of the spill in West Virginia’s Elk River earlier this month:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/jf14/brief/jf14_sis_reprint_wv_elk_river_chemical_release.html

Hospital Preparedness Program Events Webpage

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hospital Preparedness Program has a new events webpage, which lists upcoming meetings and activities. The page also provides materials, such as archived recording and summary documents from past events.

http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/hpp/meetings/Pages/default.aspx