Update on Emergency Preparedness and Response
Since the beginning of the year, new resources have been developed, training has been conducted, and planning has taken place to enhance emergency preparedness and response in the region. These have resulted in new features for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit (http://nnlm.gov/ep/), a session conducted at the meeting of the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of the Medical Library Association (HPCMLA), and planning for a summit for hospital librarians in April.
New Toolkit Features
- Online tutorial – Dan Wilson has created an online tutorial for the Toolkit, available from the new page called “Tutorials.” It is a great overview and will keep you up to date on the various features and functionality of the Toolkit site, which is an emergency preparedness resource for libraries.
- Risk Assessment Maps and Charts – This new section is in the column on the right side of the Toolkit. Here you will find links to maps that Dan has used in his presentations about the NN/LM initiative. Check these out!
- Mutual Aid Agreement (MAA) – this has been added to the page that formerly contained only the MOU agreement. The MAA is a “softer” version of the MOU and may facilitate partnering without raising legal issues, etc. for your library.
February HPCMLA Presentation
On February 20, Judy Consales and Julie Kwan conducted a session on NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response called, “Are You Ready?” It focused on personal preparedness, developing an action plan for the library, and taking advantage of existing resources and networks. Just thinking about the kinds of emergencies that can happen and what you might do can help you to see the “gaps” in your ability to respond and motivate you to take those first steps to prepare!
Upcoming Hospital Librarians Summit
On Tuesday, April 21 Dan Wilson, Coordinator, and Susan Yowell, Project Assistant, NN/LM National Emergency Preparedness Plan, are convening a day-long meeting for hospital librarians and RML staff from each of the NN/LM regions. They will be joined by representatives from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) and an invited speaker from the Joint Commission at the Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago. Ellen Aaronson, a member of the EP&R Advisory Committee of NN/LM PSR and Cinda McClain, the Arizona liaison for our regional initiative, will be attending this meeting with Heidi Sandstrom.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide an overview of this initiative, to discuss issues of importance to hospital librarians, and to brainstorm various strategies to enhance the emergency preparedness of hospital and other primary access libraries in the regions.
Let Us Hear From You!
Dan Wilson plans to add tutorials on other aspects of the emergency preparedness initiative to the Toolkit, so if you have suggestions/requests, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are in the process of identifying emergency preparedness and response liaisons for each of the states in the region, and of expanding our Advisory Committee. We are planning a regional meeting at the end of June in Los Angeles. If you are interested and/or have worked on initiatives in the area of emergency preparedness and response, please contact Heidi at email@example.com and be a part of our regional efforts!
Finally, we would like to roll out additional training in the region in 2009. Please contact Kay Deeney at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your chapter is interested in hosting this in your area.
Be ready to respond!