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Disaster Information Resources

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

  • Call 1-800-DEV-ROKS (1-800-338-7657) to notify MAR if your organization is impacted by a disaster or emergency

Federal Government Resources

  • Citizen Corps
    A national network of state, local, and tribal Citizen Corps Councils who build on community strengths to implement the programs and carry out a local strategy to have every American participate to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.
    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
    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
  • Disaster Preparedness Month
    September is Disaster Preparedness Month each year. provides digital media tools to help promote the month, become informed, make a plan, build a kit, etc.
    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)
    This is an app from NLM to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents providing a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, health information, as well as containment and suppression advice

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

Funding / Grants

  • Beyond Words:  The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund
    Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the National Education Association, is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting.
  • BJ's Charitable Foundation
    The foundation’s goal is to create a positive, long-lasting impact on communities they serve. Their mission is the enhancement and enrichment of community programs that primarily benefit children and families. The majority of giving focuses on organizations that promote the safety, security and well-being of children and families; support education and health programs; provide community service opportunities; and aid in hunger and disaster relief.
  • General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)
    This organization has established a Disaster Relief Fund available through GFWC clubs whose communities were affected by a manmade or natural disaster which damage public and/or public school libraries
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    NLM solicits proposals for disaster medicine and public health information improvement projects. Librarians are encouraged to apply for the contract awards, which range from $15,000-$30,000 each for one-year projects
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (FEMA)
    Assists states, Indian Tribal governments, and local governments with cost-effective hazard mitigation activities that complement a comprehensive mitigation program. Provides an opportunity to raise risk awareness and reduce disaster losses before disasters strike, through planning grants and project grants. Communities and states must have FEMA-approved mitigation plans in order to receive project grant funds. Discuss this program with your local municipality.
  • Stafford Act (FEMA)
    The Stafford Act authorizes federal assistance for temporary relocation of public libraries. Libraries are now included in the list of public facilities that are eligible for federal assistance with temporary relocation following a major disaster. “Eligible public facilities include facilities for police, fire protection/emergency services, medical care, education, libraries, utilities and other essential community services." This change was first announced in January 2011 by ALA and others.

Libraries / Associations

  • Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
    The nation’s largest nonprofit conservation facility serving cultural, research and educational institutions, as well as individuals and private organizations. They specialize in the treatment of works of art on paper. They also offer digital imaging services, on-site consultations, educational programs, fellowships, and emergency conservation services
  • Lyrasis
    Disaster resources from this regional network
  • 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

MAR Emergency Preparedness Liaisons

  • 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

Mental Health Issues

  • 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.

State-Specific Emergency Management Resources

Teachers / Schools

Terrorism / Bombings

  • Biological Warfare (NLM)
    Provides links to information about biological warfare pathogens
  • Preparation Guide for Emergencies (Center for Biopreparedness Education)
    Printable brochure including weekly checklist of supplies to assemble over 5 month period.


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