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Updates and Communication for OK Tornado

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) and the entire South Central Region are deeply concerned about our friends and colleagues in the areas affected by the recent tornado in Oklahoma. We will be using this blog post to serve as a method of communication for the Region.

We have contacted academic centers, hospitals, public libraries and other groups in the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.  Thus far, we have received the following updates on the NN/LM SCR listerv and/or via direct contact:

  • University of Oklahoma Bird Health Sciences Library: All Bird Library staff are safe
  • Amy Picard, Norman Regional Hospital: Library staff is safe.  The Moore Medical Center, which was damaged by the tornado, is a sister hospital to Norman Regional Health System.  The Norman Regional Hospital campus was used briefly overnight as a discharge station until the number of patients outgrew the space and they relocated to the education center.  They initially chose the library because they felt it was a good, quiet location where privacy could be afforded.  But as the numbers grew, they needed more space.
  • Oklahoma Department of Libraries: Susan McVey, state librarian, reported that she is unaware of any loss of life among public library staff, a couple of staff members’ homes are damaged.  None of the public library buildings in the immediate vicinity of the tornado were affected even though one of them was only a block away from the path.  Several  Pioneer Library System branches may have damages.
  • Dan Chandler, Integris Baptist: Library staff is safe.
  • Danell Ingle, VA Medical Center: Library staff is safe.

We will continue to revise this blog post as we hear from more Network members.  The comments field on this post is open so feel free to post an update on your status.

The NN/LM SCR Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery page has disaster information and recovery resources.

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