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WISER for Android 2.0 Now Available from NLM

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The National Library of Medcine’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 Managment (CHEMM) website –


Webinar: Packing Your Digital Go-Bag, Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

When: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 1:30 – 2:30pm (Eastern)
Who: Disaster Information Management Research Center, National Library of Medicine

There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters.  However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late.  Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use the effectively and quickly.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely-used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their web site many other mobile apps and information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations. (more…)

NLM People Locator for Boston Marathon Explosions

Monday, April 15th, 2013


We at NN/LM PNR are saddened by the news of the explosions in Boston at the Marathon Finish Line.

The National Library of Medicine has released a People Locator where you can track the status of people in Boston.  The database is not exhaustive, and names continue to be added.  There is also the capacity for members of the public to update the database:

If you want to know of someone’s status, or learn of someone’s status, please come back to the People Locator regularly.



Still Space Available: Free WESTPAS Training Coming to Olympia, WA

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Space is still available in this free WESTPAS workshop, but registration is required (see below).

Mark your calendar now and register for a free 2-part disaster preparedness and response workshop, “Protecting Cultural Collections”, sponsored by the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS). This workshop is part of a coordinated regional approach to raising awareness about disaster planning for collecting institutions throughout the Western United States.


Information Sources on Ethics in Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, has a new resource guide for Information Sources on Ethics in Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

Resources include:

  • Codes of Professional Conduct and Ethical Standards
  • Ethical Considerations for Pandemic Influenza and Other Infectious Diseases
  • Crisis (or Altered) Standards of Care
  • Ethics, Disasters and Disabled and Vulnerable Populations
  • Allocation of Scarce Resources and Triage
  • Duty to Care, Willingness to Respond, Role Conflict and Role Abandonment

Access the guide:

Free Training Opportunities From Washington Emergency Management and FEMA

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Mitigation is an important part of the Disaster Management Cycle.  Training opportunities throughout Washington State are available in 2013 through the Washington Emergency Management Division and FEMA.  Courses include post-earthquake building inspection (ATC-20) in conjunction with a pre-earthquake building screening mitigation course (FEMA 154).  New this year is a course (E-74) that focuses on non-structural mitigation.  In addition, there is a similar non-structural mitigation course (P767) that is geared specifically toward the health care industry/hospitals. (more…)