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WISER for Windows 4.5 is Now Available

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available.  This new version of WISER fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012.

Here’s a closer look at what’s new in this release:

  • Full integration of CHEMM content, which includes:
  • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles, along with a customized home screen for all WISER profiles
  • Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes
  • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
  • CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
  • ERG content is now updated to the 2012 release. This includes the full ERG 2012 tool.

WISER for Windows 4.5 can be downloaded directly from the WISER website.

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WebWISER 4.5, which includes CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 updates, and more
  • WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

Webinar: Emergency Preparedness and Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

University of Pittsburgh / Drexel University

Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center

Wednesday, December 4 / 9 – 10 am (ET)

This lecture will review the major challenges for children with special healthcare needs during disasters, and present ways that healthcare professionals, public health professionals and families can work together to assure that their needs are addressed during and after disasters.

Evidence Aid Resources Updated

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The Evidence Aid searchable resources page ( has been updated with free access to 13 new Cochrane Reviews – the resources include short evidence summaries and links to the full Cochrane Reviews, available free of charge. The 13 reviews are:

  • Antibiotic prophylaxis for preventing burn wound infection
  • Ready-to-use therapeutic food for home-based treatment of severe acute malnutrition in children from six months to five years of age
  • Surgical versus conservative interventions for treating fractures of the middle third of the clavicle
  • Specially formulated foods for treating children with moderate malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries
  • Zinc supplementation as an adjunct to antibiotics in the treatment of pneumonia in children 2 to 59 months of age
  • Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses
  • Surgical versus non-surgical management of abdominal injury
  • Tissue adhesives for closure of surgical incisions
  • Pulse oximetry for perioperative monitoring
  • Antibiotics for preventing infection in open limb fractures
  • Intermittent iron supplementation for improving nutrition and development in children under 12 years of age
  • Community-based supplementary feeding for promoting the growth of children under five years of age in low and middle income countries
  • Single dose oral analgesics for acute postoperative pain in adults

Our freely available Special Collections available via the homepage of The Cochrane Library ( have also been updated.

Claire Allen

Knowledge Manager

AAP Offers Open Access to Journals to Those Treating Children in the Philippines

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is allowing open access to several of its journals to aid in the care of children. Please see:

The AAP offers a comprehensive Children and Disasters website at as well.

New NLM Web Page: “Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources”

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

A new web page, “Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources,” is now available from the NLM (National Library of Medicine) Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may be of value to international responders and response planners as well as to U.S. friends and family of people in the Philippines. We expect this page to expand in the coming days and welcome your suggestions for content.

Also, please remember that NLM has activated the Emergency Access Initiative ( in support of medical efforts in the Philippines and surrounding areas following the devastating typhoon. For more about EAI, please see the earlier email at and today’s announcement,

We encourage you to widely disseminate these resources in the affected regions and to organizations involved in relief efforts. Thanks, -Cindy Love

Submitted by Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

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A Way to Get Your Library Up and Running After a Disaster

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Check out what the New Jersey State Library has been doing, along with MAR’s own Michelle Burda:

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Digital Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

As we watch the news and hear updates of the loss of life and destruction of property following Typhoon Haiyan, it’s good to know that there are ways we can use our library/disaster information specialist skills online to assist in the response. We have put together this list of opportunities for you to consider, but the National Library of Medicine does not endorse or recommend any of the organizations listed.

The Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) is a consortium of “Volunteer & Technical Communities” (V&TCs) that provide services such as monitoring of mainstream and social media, development of crisis maps for decision support, and time-sensitive web-based research. When a disaster strikes, agencies such as the United Nations, the Red Cross, governments, etc., activate the DHN, and provide them with a list of tasks they have determined need to be completed in order to assist responders.  To become involved in the network, a person joins a member organization, and works through that organization when the DHN is activated.  (See a list of members: )

The DHN was contacted by the United Nations Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the Philippines Red Cross to assist in providing information management support for Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

Below are examples of ways some of the members in the DHN are deploying as a result of this activation. Some of the items listed include activities you can participate in now; others are included as descriptions of work being done by groups you might consider joining so you will be ready for future events.

***Humanity Road Volunteer ***

Humanity Road brings together disaster response workers to assist during events with tasks such as researching, collecting, maintaining and tweeting information and resources about first aid, hospitals, shelters and other critical needs before, during, and after a disaster. Humanity Road is responding to Typhoon Haiyan, but to be a virtual volunteer, you must first participate in a one hour online training session; check out the website for the dates and times of the upcoming online training sessions.  You will need Skype to participate in the online training.

The following two organizations focus on mapping tasks for this deployment:

***Stand-by Task Force:  ***

The Stand-by Task Force provides support for crowdsourcing, mapping, data scrambling and technology testing. You can apply at any time to join the task force, and will join a team that is given a specific set of tasks in response to a crisis.  The Task Force has been activated for the typhoon.

*Image Clicker

Log in with no experience necessary and categorize photos by level of damage. A note of warning that some of the images are disturbing is provided. ACTIVE NOW! As of this email, it is 86% completed.

*Tweet Clicker
Log in with no experience necessary and categorize Tweets into one of six headings. (as of this email, the task was 100% completed)

*Google Site with instructions on how to participate in a more formal way:

***Open Street Mapping ***
The Humanitarian Open Street Map Team has been activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by the typhoon. They are supporting the active OpenStreet Map community in the Philippines to help update the base map for the affected zones so that relief workers and responders have access to the most accurate data.

*Read about their response efforts and how to get involved:

*Join the listserv to participate all year long and learn about deployments as they are activated

Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS
Health Sciences Librarian
Specialized Information Services Division
Disaster Information Management Research Center
6707 Democracy Blvd.  Suite 510
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

Google Alert – Florida Disaster Preparedness

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Waffle House is a Crucial Source of Real-Time Information During

Nearly a decade ago, Florida’s emergency management chief, W. Craig Fugate, noticed that when information was scarce after a disaster, the status of a 24-hour 

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Social Media for Crisis Communications

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Social Media for Crisis Communication: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

November 14, 2013 / 2-3 pm ET

Training is via DigitalGov University here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The good: How to leverage your online communities for successful crisis management and communications.
  • The bad: How your online presence can recover from mismanaging a crisis.
  • The ugly: How to avoid social media crisis communications pitfalls like going silent, going nuclear (i.e., deleting everything), or going on the defensive by getting combative with your audience.

Assisting Individuals with Access and Functional Needs During Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm ET

Assisting Individuals with Access and Functional Needs During Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
Harvey Ball, CDR, USPHS, Senior Public Health Advisor at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Response, will lead a set of presentations by his staff on the Division’s resources and how they can be utilized to help individuals with access and functional needs during public health emergencies.

Instructions to Join Conference Call/Webinar

A conference call for those interested in the Disaster Information Specialist Program is held on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 ET. The monthly calls are open to all and can be attended in person in our offices, online through Adobe Connect, or by telephone. To receive announcements about the conference calls please join our DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv.

Log into the Adobe Connect session at

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”. A box should pop up asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use the call-back feature or can only attend by telephone:
Dial-In: 1-888-757-2790
Pass-Code: 745907