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Archive for the ‘Disaster / Emergency Preparedness’ Category

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


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:

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.

Community College Library Develops Active Learning Experience around Pandemic

Friday, December 20th, 2013

By Troy Swanson and Trish Hayes

American Libraries, December 10, 2013

Library staff at the Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, participated in a campus wide active around pandemics. They created a simulated zombie pandemic that linked the college curriculum to the library’s programming. Activities included book discussions, podcasts, lectures and the simulation game “World War M”:

A New Trust for America’s Health Report

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases report finds the nation’s ability to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks are hampered by outdated systems and limited resources.

The report, released by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), finds that a majority of states (33) score 5 or lower out of 10 key indicators of policies and capabilities to protect against infectious disease threats.

Learn How Google Tracks Flu Trends

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Have you ever wondered how Google Flu Trends works? This webpage provides a video which explains the process Google uses to aggregate and search data to estimate flu activity, and provides graphs and more information on how it has worked over time:

Article: New Roles for Librarians Systematic Review Includes Disaster Information Specialist

Friday, December 6th, 2013

New activities and changing roles of health sciences librarians: a systematic review, 1990–2012

I. Diane Cooper, JMLA Journal of the Medical Library Association, October 2013, p. 268-277

A systematic review of the professional literature identified new roles for librarians, including that of disaster information specialist.

This and other articles are on our “Librarians and Libraries Respond to Disasters: Bibliography on Library Roles in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery” webpage:

Search For and Report Missing Persons Related to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda via NLM’s PEOPLE LOCATER Service

Friday, November 29th, 2013


If you want to sign up to receive direct notifications (via Twitter, Facebook and/or listserv) of future events see below.

Search/report via our PEOPLE LOCATOR® website here:

Mike Gill

Lost Person Finder Project



We synchronize with same event on’s Person Finder.

To search and report via our ReUnite® app:

Technical or other issues:


Context information:

ReUnite® is designed to be used after major disasters to help speed reunification of family and friends via our NLM’s PEOPLE LOCATOR® website (  ReUnite® and the PEOPLE LOCATOR® are elements of an R&D project called the Lost Person Finder Project effort investigating tools and technologies to speed family reunification after disasters.  Users report and search for missing or found person’s information for specific disasters via this service.  This is a project of the Communications Engineering Branch at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications of the National Library of Medicine for more information see

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PEOPLELOCATOR-L listserv: Send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV with the following text in the message body: subscribe PEOPLELOCATOR-L your full name

(your full name = your first and last names)

GAO Reports on FEMA and Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform, Hurricane Sandy Relief, and Disaster Funding

Friday, November 29th, 2013

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the following reports that may be of interest:

Hurricane Sandy Relief: Improved Guidance on Designing Internal Control Plans Could Enhance Oversight of Disaster Funding. GAO-14-58, November 26:

Highlights –

National Preparedness: Actions Taken by FEMA to Implement Select Provisions of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. GAO-14-99R, November 26:

Fall Issue of MAReport Newsletter Available

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Check out the Fall 2013 issue of our newsletter, The MAReport

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