The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on our NLM Disaster Health home page. https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov (more…)
Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
When setting your goals for the year ahead, why not include emergency or disaster preparedness? By tackling the preparation activities over several weeks — whether it’s a trip to the grocery or hardware store, making copies of valuable information, or agreeing on a plan with relatives—you can make be more prepared in 2016. The first post in this series on emergency and disaster preparedness focuses on preparedness at home and with family. (more…)
National Preparedness Month culminates with National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. Participate in your community’s disaster planning during the PrepareAthon! by taking action, being counted and spreading the word about preparedness.
Take Action: Learn about hazards like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms. You can download free, hazard-specific resources designed to help you plan, conduct, and promote your preparedness activities and discussions. Find out where preparedness events are happening in your community, connect with other communities of practice, and add your own activities to the map to demonstrate how you are taking action to prepare. Check out these ideas for participating:
Is your library disaster ready? With wild fires occurring in every state of the Pacific Northwest Region emergency preparedness is especially important for those being affected in these areas and libraries can play an important role. September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the theme for this year is Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Communication is an important part of the emergency plan whether it is preparing an emergency kit, an evacuation plan, or what to do in case of separation.
Libraries have played an important part in disaster recovery, often being a place of refuge in the aftermath. But libraries can assist before the disaster by providing information and programs to inform their communities to better prepare for such emergencies by keeping them aware of the resources available and providing opportunities to create disaster plans which can lead to a smoother recovery and may lessen the losses during a disaster whether natural or human created. Such steps don’t necessarily eliminate the stress and anxiety associated with such events but it can help reduce it as well as reduce the impact.
The National Library of Medicine provides a wealth of resources in disaster planning for libraries. MedlinePlus contains information for all sorts of disasters and an array of information for the public. DIMRC (Disaster Information Management Resource Center) contains information to prepare libraries to become educated and informed about their role in the community to better assist their communities when disasters strike. This informative website provides access to information resources specifically for disasters including focusing on preparedness, response and recovery. (more…)
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.
NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies. Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at http://disasterinfo.nlm.