National Preparedness Month is for everyone, including librarians, information specialists, and those who work at or with libraries.
If you are planning activities for Preparedness Month, please share your ideas, successes, and lessons-learned with this list. You may spark someone else’s imagination. Abundant materials for promoting Preparedness Month are available from the websites listed below.
Just in time for National Preparedness Month, a new book is available for purchase from the American Library Association in cooperation with the Medical Library Association. Congratulations to our colleagues Deb Halsted, Shari Clifton, and Dan Wilson for writing “Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery; A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=4233. Deb, Shari, and Dan have been very involved in encouraging libraries to be prepared for disasters, and have much to share from both their personal experiences and professional advocacy.
For a health-related approach to Preparedness Month, CDC, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and other parts of Health and Human Services are focusing on the theme of disaster preparedness for vulnerable populations. Topics (one per week) include preparedness for: children; people with medical needs; older adults; and pet preparedness for pet owners.
Upcoming events on disaster preparedness for vulnerable populations include:
September 10: Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations, 3-4 PM (Eastern), Twitter chat, #CDCprep, http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/preparedness_month.htm#products
September 11: Not Just Small Adults: Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies, 4-5 PM (Eastern), Webinar. http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html
September 17: Emergency Preparedness for Little Ones, September 17, 1-2 PM (Eastern), Twitter chat, #Prep4Kids, http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/news/events/Pages/Prep4Kids.aspx
Wishing you successful preparedness efforts this month, -Cindy Love and the DIMRC staff
Links for National Preparedness Month:
CDC National Preparedness Month 2014
PHE (Public Health Emergency) National Preparedness Month 2014
Ready.gov promotional resources for Preparedness Month
America’s PrepareAthon! and National PrepareAthon! Day
Register to document your organization’s efforts
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