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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

WISER for Android 2.0 Now Available from NLM

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Android 2.0 is now available and can be installed directly from the Google Play Store: What’s new in this release:

WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) website –

This integration includes:
•New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles
•Acute care guidelines for 6 known mass casualty agents/agent classes
•The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
•CHEMM Intelligent Syndrome Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident

Emergency Response Guidebook data is now updated to the ERG 2012;

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:
•Updates to the Windows and Web WISER platforms to include CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 data, and more
•Data updates for all WISER platforms
•WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice –

Emergency Preparedness Summit at University of Massachusetts Medical School on Friday November 22, 2013

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region will be hosting a half-day Emergency Preparedness Summit at University of Massachusetts Medical School on Friday November 22, 2013.


The theme is Extreme Weather.  With a large percentage of New England being located along the northeastern seaboard the potential for floods, hurricanes, blizzards and other weather related events that occur in our communities.


The current speaker line up is:


  • David Clemons: Director, Worcester Emergency Management
  • Liz Foley, Medical Reserve Corps
  • Cindy Hahn, American Red Cross


This event is free.   A light breakfast and validated parking will be available. Lunch is on your own.


You will also have a choice of two different CE courses to register for:


  • Going to Extremes: Health Information Resources for Severe Weather Conditions
  • Improving Library Disaster Readiness workshop


Registration for the Summit and CE classes is available at

Contact Meredith Solomon,, 508.856.5964 with any questions

How Mobile Devices are Transforming Disaster Relief and Public Safety

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
The Brookings Institute has published a document examining how mobile technology assists in the creation of early warning systems, aids in emergency coordination, and improves public communications in times of crisis. The authors advise policymakers to make better use of current mobile technologies and promote future advances to provide first responders and citizens with the tools necessary to save lives during threatening events. Governments and businesses alike should take full advantage of mobile technology to mitigate property damage, inform the public and save lives.

Disaster related webinars

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Here is a list of disaster related webinars being offered from organizations such as CDC and the Brookings Institution:

***MERS-CoV: Infection Prevention and Control***

UL Workplace Health and Safety

July 11, 2013

Noon – 1pm CT

During this complimentary UL Workplace Health and Safety webinar, John Howard, M.D., J.D., Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide an update on the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and provide guidance for healthcare providers and employers on workplace infection prevention and control practices.

***Prevention and Treatment of Injuries following Hurricanes and Tornadoes***

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinician Outreach Communication Activity

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Dial In Number: 888-324-7179

Passcode: 2434519

Injuries following tornadoes and hurricanes result in significant morbidity and mortality. Both CDC and State Health Departments play important roles in providing assistance in disaster preparedness and response, including pre-hospital transport decision making, injury surveillance, and emergency risk communication. Following hurricanes and tornadoes, it is critical to have alternative treatment sites, appropriate wound management, injury data collection, and health messaging to reduce injuries. During this COCA call, subject matter experts will discuss the current state of science and epidemiology and state level response, with specific examples from Florida.


***Event and Live Webcast: Mobile Technology’s Role in Natural Disasters and Public Safety Preparedness and Response***

Brookings Institution

July 16, 2013

2:00-3:30 pm ET

The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host a discussion on mobile technology and its evolving role in disaster and public safety. A panel of experts will discuss how mobile devices aid in planning for and reacting to a crisis, and how do they empower emergency management agencies and officials, first responders, and the public to tackle a variety of natural disasters and security crises.  After the program, panelists will take audience questions.  This event will be live webcast. Participants can follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TechCTI

Register to attend in-person or via webcast.

***Building Resilience Against Climate Change: Climate-Ready States***

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

July 17, 2013

2:00 pm ET

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a framework that supports health departments in incorporating advanced climate models into health department planning and response activities. The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework is a five step process that enables a health department to anticipate the change in disease rates linked to the changing climate and associated environmental conditions. This second webinar in this two-part series will showcase the efforts of two state health departments and how they used the BRACE Framework to address climate- and weather-related health issues in their states.

***Understanding the Public’s Response to a Possible Scenario Involving Inhalation Anthrax***

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinician Outreach Communication Activity

Thursday, July 23, 2013

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Dial In Number: 888-233-9077

Passcode: 8674163

In planning an effective response to a bioterrorism incident, it is critical to understand and anticipate the public’s viewpoint, their perceptions of the threat and their intended behaviors. This includes their likelihood of taking recommended precautions and their likelihood of taking matters into their own hands. During this webinar, subject matter experts will discuss results from public opinion polls conducted between December 2012 to January 2013, which assessed how people would respond to a possible release of anthrax spores in an unidentified area.

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