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Disaster Information Resources

NOTE: This website will be continually updated with additional resources and topics

Primary NN/LM MAR Contacts: Michelle Burda / Network & Advocacy Coordinator /; Missy Harvey / Technology & Communication Coordinator /

  • NN/LM MAR oversees an emergency preparedness and response plan to help network members maintain their services in the event of a disaster
  • Call 1-800-DEV-ROKS (1-800-338-7657) to notify MAR if your library/institution is affected by a disaster or emergency


MAR Emergency Preparedness Activities

  • Emergency Preparedness Liaisons for the Middle Atlantic Region:
    • Nancy ForsbergNew Jersey liaison – Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
    • Claire JosephNew York liaison – South Nassau Communities Hospital, Jules Redish Memorial Medical Library, Oceanside, NY
    • Cynthia McClellanCentral Pennsylvania liaison – Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA
    • Cristina PopeUpstate NY liaison – Upstate University Health System, Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, NY
    • Priscilla StephensonPhiladelphia-area liaison – Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Federal Government Resources

    Includes all forms of federal disaster assistance. Register with FEMA and other agencies, redirect Social Security benefits to new address, access federal student loan account information
  • Library of Congress
    Specific information for libraries. Topics include fire recovery, risk management, and water damage
    The Ready Campaign asks individuals to do three things to prepare for the unexpected: be informed, make a plan, get a kit; includes information for seniors, people with disabilities, and pet owners
    Use the Search box at the top (i.e., "Disaster Preparedness") to retrieve quality information, services, and resources from the federal government

Apps / Technology Tools

  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) Mobile
    From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the DoD's National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), and the VA's Patient Care Services
  • REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management / NLM)
  • WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders / NLM)

Children and Disasters

  • Disaster Hero (American College of Emergency Physicians, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA)
  • Hurricanes / National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
  • Wildfires (NCTSN)
    Includes Parent Guidelines for Helping Children Impacted by Wildfires

Disabilities and Special Populations

  • Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities (Independent Living Research Utilization Program)
    Resources to assist centers for independent living, public officials, emergency preparedness officials, and people with disabilities and their families

Financial Information

Fires / Wildfires

  • Wildfires (NLM DIMRC)
    Information on health effects from fires and exposure to smoke; links to air quality resources, environmental clean-up following fires, and animals in disasters

Libraries / Medical Associations

  • Mental Health First Aid for Library Staff
    Course on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness, provide support, deescalate crisis, and if appropriate, refer individuals to services after a disaster or event in your community

Mental Health Issues

  • The PILOTS Database (Department of Veterans Affairs)
    The largest interdisciplinary resource on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Includes information on assessment instruments used to measure trauma exposure and PTSD, mental health services after traumatic events and ethical and policy issues for traumatized populations.

Pets and Animals



People Locator

  • ReUnite People Locator (NLM)
    Designed to receive information through the Web, an iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad app, and from other sites such as Google Person Finder. Missing persons’ photos and identifying information can be added through any of these channels.

Teachers / Schools

Terrorism / Bombings

  • Biological Warfare (NLM)
    Provides links to information about biological warfare pathogens


NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center resources to assist:

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress resources to assist those impacted by the Boston bombings:

For Children and Families Who Were Injured

For Pediatric Providers

For Mental Health Professionals Working with Firefighters and Other First Responders

Weather Events / Hurricanes / Storms

  • American Red Cross
    Addresses all types of emergencies (Preparedness Fast Facts) including tornadoes, winter storms, and heat waves. Includes materials in 14 languages. Also information on preparing your home, your workplace, and your school.
  • Weather Ready Nation (NOAA)
    Building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events




  • Tornadoes (NLM DIMRC)
    Overview, preparedness, cleanup, información in Español, animals in disasters