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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…)

Hot Topics In Practice: Strategies For Successful Public Health Messaging

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013


Tuesday, February 19th
Noon – 1pm, Pacific Time

In the age of information overload, how can we encourage people to hear our messages and take action to protect their health?  Who do people listen to during emergencies?  How do public health agencies counter misinformation or explain complex issues?  In the February Hot Topics, communication specialists from Washington State explore these questions and more, addressing how audiences receive messages and what moves them toward action.


NLM’s DIMRC Apps and Mobile Web Pages

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.
NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps: