Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness and Response’ Category
In response to the recent torrential rains in the Phillipines, which have submerged Manila and surrounding areas, the National Library of Medicine has launched the web site, People Locator for the 2012 Philippine Floods. The Lister Hill Center, an R&D division of the National Library of Medicine, developed People Locator, a web site to post photos and name, age, etc. for missing (or found) people by hospital staff, relief workers, or family members. It can be searched by the public and by relief workers who are assisting with family reunification efforts. The site is designed to receive information through the Web, an iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad app, and from other sites such as Google Person Finder. The underlying app is ReUnite, which is available at no cost. Missing persons’ photos and identifying information can be added through any of these channels.
Google Crisis Response has also activated Google Person Finder for the floods in the Philippines, in English and Filipino. The English-language Google home page is also available. NLM’s People Locator and the Google Person Finder share information, so that missing persons are then listed in both places. Additional information about the US government response to the flooding is available from the USAID home page for the Philippines and the US Embassy in Manila. The embassy is closed until at least August 9.
Last night’s huge refinery fire spread thick, black smoke over the San Francisco area. Over 900 residents, complaining of respiratory and other problems, sought emergency care at local hospitals. The blaze occurred at Chevron Corporation’s plant in Richmond, about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco, around 6:15 p.m., and was contained by 11:00 p.m. The refinery is the largest producer of base oils on the West Coast, processing up to 240,000 barrels of crude oil a day into gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, which is about 15% of the state’s fuel-making capacity.
NLM has lists of resources on health effects of fires, wildfires, and smoke, with an emphasis on wildfires. Consumer health information on Fires is available on MedlinePlus in English and Spanish. Additional resources on Health Threats: Smoke is available on the Disaster Information Management Research Center’s (DIMRC) Fires and Wildfires webpage.
Chemical fires raise concern about the specific substances that may have burned. A refinery fire may involve crude oil, diesel fuel and other substances. For information on the health hazards of these specific chemicals, check Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) for information on immediate response and Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) for exhaustive information. Search by the name of the chemical.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is sponsoring a Washington DC Power Outage Summit on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. The meeting will be held at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, Mumford Room, from 9:00am to 4:30pm EDT. The morning session (9:00am-12:30pm) will consist of presentations and a panel discussion on the impact of power outages on library collections and services, and the roles libraries and librarians can play in their communities or institutions in response to a major power outage. In the afternoon (1:30-4:30pm), participants can choose from either a workshop on building your library’s readiness or a disaster information specialization continuing education class. The morning session will be written up in a report and distributed on the NLM DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv.
There is no charge to attend any of the sessions, but seating is limited. Registration is available for both morning and afternoon sessions. Featured speakers will include Dan Wilson, representing the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, as well as representatives from Pepco, the District of Columbia Public Library, the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), the Library of Congress Preservation/Emergency Preparedness Division, the Medical Reserve Corps, and NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). Pepco is the electric service provider to customers in Washington, DC, and surrounding Maryland suburbs.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced 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. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2 pm EDT. Proposals are limited to six pages, plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.
NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library 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 seven projects funded for 2011 are available for viewing.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this requirement has been split into two solicitations; one Partial Small Business Set-Aside (RFP No.: NIHLM2012411); and one Full and Open (RFP No.: NIHLM2012412). The solicitation notices are on FedBizOpps.gov as follows:
Partial Small Business Set-Aside and Full and Open.
For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2012,” please visit the web site.
WISER for iOS 3.0, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available. 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. This new release adds native support for the iPad, in addition to support for the iPhone and iPod touch. New and updated features include:
Search WISER’s full set of known substances on the iPad: WISER’s full database of chemical, biological, and radiological substances is now available on the iPad. This includes trusted information for over 440 substances from NLM’s Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB).
Employ WISER’s popular Help Identify Chemical capability on the iPad: WISER for iOS touch includes a fully featured implementation of Help Identify Chemical, allowing a user to identify a chemical using physical properties, signs/symptoms, categorization, NFPA placards, and transportation containers. Users can save a help identify search for later recall and freely search the result list using any supported identifier.
Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your iPad: Using a live map, visualize protective distance data for a given substance directly on your iPad. Track both your current position and the location of a plotted protective distance area. Note that WISER must have permission to use location services to track your current location. The accuracy of this capability is affected by the capabilities of your device (note that not all iOS devices include a GPS).
WISER for iOS is available for free and can be installed through the iTunes App Store. In addition, WISER is available as a standalone website and mobile website, a downloadable programs for Windows, and as downloadable apps for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Palm OS.
Several additional updates are expected in the near future:
- Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) integration.
- Updates to WISER’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to the newly released 2012 edition.
- WISER for Android 3.0, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has various resources to help support those experiencing the devastating wildfires burning across several states. Children react and recover from wildfires and other disasters in a variety of ways, depending on their personal experience of the fire, previous experiences, and life circumstances. Resources in English and Spanish include:
In addition, NCTSN provides tips and information on children’s reaction, what parents can do to help their children and themselves, therapy for children, and what teachers can do to help their students and themselves. For more information about wildfires and readiness, response, and recovery to wildfires, visit the NCTSN Wildfires webpage.
The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) web site now includes updated resource listings on its Fires and Wildfires topic page, with links related to the current situation in Colorado, such as maps, open shelters, and air quality advisories. The Colorado-specific links are along the right side of the page, in the beige box. Another site is also available, which includes more specific resources related to the Waldo Canyon fire, such as social media accounts to follow, evacuation maps, and Red Cross shelter availability.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has released redesigned web and mobile versions of Haz-Map. The new design adapts to web browsers on desktop computers, laptops, and tablets, as well as mobile browsers on smart phones, such as iPhones, Android and Blackberry phones.
Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. It currently covers over 5997 chemical and biological agents and 235 occupational diseases. More information can be found at Haz-Map Fact Sheet.
The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) was held May 18-23, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Attendees were invited to visit the NLM exhibit booth to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth featured demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. Recordings of the NLM Theater Presentations are now available:
In addition, the PowerPoint presentations from the NLM Online Users’ Meeting, NLM Update, and DOCLINE Users’ Group Meeting are also available online.
MLA has posted information about the two Disaster Information Specialist classes that are being offered after the MLA conference on Thursday May 24th.
Here is the link to the information: http://www.mlanet.org/education/dis/.
Course title: U.S. Response to Disaster and Public Health Emergencies
Instructors: Mary Moore and Kimberly Loper
Host: NN/LM PNR
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Location: University of Washington, Seattle
Registration: To register, contact Kathleen Combs
Course title: Information Roles in Disaster Management
Instructor: Robin Featherstone
Host: NN/LM PNR
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Washington, Seattle
Registration: To register, contact Kathleen Combs
There is no charge for these classes. If you are attending MLA and are interested in extending your stay in order to take these courses, the RML may be able to assist. Please contact Kay Deeney for more information.
Some other Disaster Information Specialization courses will be offered in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas this summer.
Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics is available for 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. Indivduals can now register to view the program “On-demand.”