Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Pacific Northwest Region
To help mitigate the impact of disasters on healthcare providers and their patients, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has developed and oversees an emergency preparedness and response plan to help network members maintain their information services in the event of a disaster. For state specific emergency information, see the "Office of Emergency Management Contact Information by State" section below.
Four Things You Can Do Right Now
1. Memorize 1-206-543-8262.
This is the NN/LM Emergency Assistance Number and will connect you to the Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library. Call this number whenever disaster strikes and your local resources/plans are unable to keep your core services available, so we can help implement the response plan.
2. Develop and maintain a disaster plan.
Even a little preparation, using simplified approaches, can substantially increase your ability to respond and recover from a disaster. For example, have you identified the unique resources you have and where they are located so you know what you must save when recovery time is limited? The NN/LM Disaster Ready Initiative can help you identify key elements of a disaster plan.
3. Identify a back-up library.
Develop a relationship with a partner library and create a formal or informal mutual understanding of what will help if disaster strikes. Use the Sample Mutual Aid Agreement on the 10 Steps Workshop Materials section of the Initiative.
4. Get to know your Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator
Emily Glenn (email@example.com), Community Health Outreach Coordinator, is the contact person in the Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library for emergency preparedness and response. State Coordinators, listed below, will also assume roles within their respective state.
PNR Libraries Emergency Preparedness Coordinators by State
- Alaska - Kathy Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library, Anchorage, AK
- Idaho - Molly Montgomery (email@example.com), Idaho State University- Meridian, Meridian, ID
- Montana - Mary Anne Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Montana State University - Bozeman, Bozeman, MT
- Oregon - Chris Shaffer (email@example.com), Oregon Health and Science University Library, Portland, OR
- Washington - Gail Kouame (firstname.lastname@example.org), HEALWA, Seattle, WA
- NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region - Emily Glenn (email@example.com), NN/LM, Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library, Seattle, WA
Office of Emergency Management Contact Information by State
Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
P.O. Box 5750
Fort Richardson, AK 99505-5750
Phone: (907) 428-7000
Fax: (907) 428-7009
Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security
4040 Guard Street, Building 600
Boise, ID 83705-5004
(208) 422-3040 Main Office
(208) 422-3044 Fax
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Department of State Police
PO Box 14370
Salem, Oregon 97309-5062
(503) 373-7833 FAX
State of Washington Emergency Management Division
Building 20, M/S: TA-20
Camp Murray, Washington 98430-5122
(253) 512-7200 FAX
Main Switchboard 1-800-562-6108
More Contact Information
Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources
Handouts and Brochures
- NN/LM: Disaster Ready Initiative: Includes a Mutual Aid Agreement template and Disaster Plan templates for librariesNLM: Disaster Information Management Research Center
- NLM: History of Medicine Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize, Salvage, and Recover Collections in a Water Emergency
- NLM: Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
- Disasterassistance.gov - provides information about how people can get help from the U.S. Government before, during, and after a disaster.
- Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography and much more from the American Library Association. A resource for libraries of all sizes and types.
- MLA Disaster Information Specialization Program: including online course opportunities
- Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) is a regional library and archives preservation service new in 2007. Its initial goal is to deliver education and training workshops on disaster preparedness, response, and collection salvage to staff of libraries and archives in 14 participating states and territories. Disaster Assistance consultation is available by calling 888-905-7737.
- The Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Training program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills.
Pacific Northwest Disasters
As part of your planning process, consider preparing for various types of hazards that can occur in the Pacific Northwest. Some examples include avalanche, flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption, chemical or radiological release, urban fires, pipeline failure, and dam failure. This white paper details the NN/LM PNR's approach in 2008 to creating a plan to assist hospital librarians in emergency preparedness and includes methods, photos, promotional items and sample MOUs.