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The Disaster Health Information and Collaboration Project 2015

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine has announced funding for endeavors that would benefit individuals that participate in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The submitting application must include at least one library and organization that has experience, expertise or capability of disaster –related preparedness. Some examples are health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, fire/rescue, voluntary/faith-based organizations, etc.

The proposal should explain how it would be mutually beneficial and collaborative among the participating organizations.

The winning project proposals will be offered a minimum of 15,000 to 30,000 each, for one year.

The deadline for submission is July 6, 2015, at 12pm ET.

More information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015” can be located at, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2015disasteroutreachrfq.html.

Disaster Information Management Resource Center Webinar

Friday, March 6th, 2015

NLM’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) will have a very special presentation at their Thursday, April 9th webinar 12:30-1:30 CST with Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation. He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups. Among his many accomplishments, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi. Ushahidi made major contributions during the Haiti earthquake response through deploying its innovative crowdsourcing platform.

Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Read more about Patrick at http://irevolution.net/bio

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing. More information about logging into this webinar will be posted at: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

NIH Disaster Research Response Tabletop Exercise

Monday, February 16th, 2015

I enjoyed attending and representing the National Library of Medicine at the NIH Disaster Research Response Tabletop Exercise at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston on February 16, 2015. Approximately 100 local officials, academics, and community stakeholders attended from across the country.

The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of the need for and methods of performing life saving research in natural and man-made disasters. Medical librarians will be familiar with one of the meeting’s stakeholders, the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Medical librarians, public health workers, and first responders will be interested in the electronic resources that were shared:

Steve Ramsey, MPH, of Social and Scientific Systems, Inc.

Steve Ramsey, MPH, of Social and Scientific Systems, Inc.

My favorite part of the day was when Steve Ramsey, MPH and Richard Roselli, MPH of Social and Scientific Systems, Inc. shared their evaluation of the Rapid Acquisition of Pre- and Post-Disaster Data Protocol and the NIH Disaster Research Response tool database.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library

TOXNET Environmental Health Database Course

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Have you heard of TOXNET but are unfamiliar with what it can do? TOXNET is a databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

The National Library of Medicine is hosting an online course March 2-27, 2015 covering the following:

  • Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  • TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  • ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  • Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  • Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  • Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  • TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  • Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  • LactMed: 0.5 hour
  • Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  • WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  • REMM: 0.5 hour
  • LiverTox: 0.5 hour

New Version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) Available

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) Logo

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/

New or updated content in CHEMM includes:

1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education

2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)

3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals

4) a workshop report describing toxic chemical syndromes, or toxidromes, that lays the foundation for a consistent lexicon for use in CHEMM and for other uses that, if adopted widely, will improve response to chemical mass exposure incidents

5) a toxidromes outreach plan whose goal is to raise widespread awareness and encourage use of the toxidromes throughout the stakeholder community, and

6) an evaluation and validation plan for CHEMM’s Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) that, once completed, will move CHEMM-IST from its current state as a prototype to a product ready for use in an operational response environment.

CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers.  CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

For more information see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM.

Project Spotlight: Are You Prepared? Promoting Disaster Preparedness in Northwest LA

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Guest Author: David Duggar, MLIS, Reference Librarian, LSU Health Shreveport, Health Sciences Library

DSC01519 (2)In May 2013, LSU Health Sciences Library in Shreveport received the Disaster Preparedness Award to provide information about disaster preparedness to the communities living in Caddo and Bossier Parish of northwest Louisiana. Librarians at the LSU Health Shreveport and NSU college of Nursing and Allied Health libraries partnered with the Shreve Memorial Library System and the Bossier Parish Public Library System to present quarterly programs on fires, floods, pets, and tornadoes. Local organizations which participated through speakers included the Shreveport and Bossier Fire Departments, Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (CBOHSEP), Local Emergency Planning Committee, Region 7 of Hospital Preparedness, and the Pet Education Project (PEP!).Wonderland Teapawty KBM Pet Parade 2014Feb23 Sunday 010 (2)

Information was also disseminated at several local festivals and parades held in downtown Shreveport and during special activity days held by the Bossier Parish Public Library System. At least fourteen programs were planned and held over twenty days during the May 2013 – April 2014 funding cycle. At least five others were planned during the three months following the funding cycle. The population covered in the programs was predominately children ranging from preK – Grade 3, teens, parents, families, and adults.

Both public library systems had an unexpected result. The speaker from CBOHSEP did a site evaluation at each of the Bossier Parish Public Libraries for the safest locations for staff and patrons to go to in the event of a disaster. He also gave a presentation to all of the library managers of Bossier Parish as a special ‘in-service’ day arranged by the Library Director. Every branch of the Shreve Memorial Library System was furnished with an itemized emergency disaster kit in a large plastic tote placed in the bathroom of the staff’s workroom. These were purchased by the library system at the request of the Library Director.

The results of the first half of the “Are Your Prepared” project was presented at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association’s Meeting in October 2013 and a full overview of the project was presented at the Louisiana Library Association’s Conference in March 2014.

Photo credit: David Duggar

 

September is National Preparedness Month!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

National Preparedness Month Logo

Each September the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partners with other government organizations (such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in an effort to encourage communities and individuals to be prepared for the worst in emergency situations. This endeavor has come to be known as National Preparedness Month.

The theme for 2014 is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” and, in addition, each week focuses on different emergency preparation topics:

Week 1 – How to Reconnect with Family After Disaster

Week 2 – Know How to Plan for Specific Needs Before a Disaster

Week 3 – How to Build an Emergency Kit

Weeks 4 & 5 – How to Practice for an Emergency

As one part of FEMA’s NPM initiative, the National Preparedness Community website offers a multitude of resources for users and community members. Included on the website is a tool-kit with marketing information and a comprehensive list of NPM videos, PDFs, and webpages. In addition, users can use the National Preparedness Community website to find NPM events happening in their area or register for free with the community and access additional resources, such as discussion forums and region-specific activity. Use of the hashtag #NatlPrep is encouraged.

In addition to the National Preparedness Community website, the American Public Health Association (APHA) will be celebrating Get Ready Day on September 16th as part of NPM. The Get Ready website contains many fun and education resources for a variety of users and communities. These resources include factsheets, videos, podcasts, and other disaster preparedness-themed media for marketing use.

NLM Presentations at MLA Recordings Available

Friday, June 6th, 2014

MLA 2014 Annual Conference

Every year at the MLA Annual Meeting, the National Library of Medicine holds a variety of presentations in their exhibit booth to bring users up-to-date on NLM databases and services.  The recordings of the 13 presentations are now available from the NLM Technical Bulletin.   Learn about:

  1. The ACA, Hospital Community Benefit and Needs Assessment: NLM Resources
  2. Beau-TOX: TOXNET Gets a Facelift
  3. MedlinePlus: Usability, Mobile & Responsive Design
  4. Modernizing History: The New (and much improved) IndexCat Interface
  5. My NCBI Update: SciENcv & NIH Public Access
  6. NLM Resources & Electronic Health Records: MedlinePlusConnect, RxNorm & UMLS
  7. NLM Resources Used in Disasters
  8. PubMed Commons
  9. PubMed Health
  10. PubMed Update
  11. RDA One Year Later
  12. Still Scanning After All These Years: New Digital Projects from HMD
  13. Using the ClinicalTrials.gov Results Database

Hurricane Season 2014

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

NOAA 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook image and graph

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season has arrived and forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict a near or below normal season. Predictions include anywhere from eight to thirteen tropical storms, three to six hurricanes, and one to two major hurricanes.  The driving force behind this year’s anticipated slow season is the development of El Niño this summer. El Niño “causes stsronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes”.

Despite these predictions, it is still always important to be prepared in the event of a hurricane or hurricane-related disaster. Hurricanes often cause other types of emergency situations, including storm surge and inland flooding.

To help you plan and be ready in case of a hurricane or hurricane related disaster, here are some useful resources:

Also, be sure to visit previous Blogadillo posts from the NN/LM SCR for additional resources!

2014/2015 Disaster Preparedness Award Recipient

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

NOAA image of a hurricane on the Texas coast

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014-2015 Disaster Preparedness Award:

Institution: Texas Area Health Education Center East – Greater Houston Region
Project TitleHurricane Education through Library Preparedness (HELP)
Project Director: Alexander Reyna

The project will train public library staff to respond effectively in the event of a natural disaster and also provide disaster preparedness toolkits for dissemination at the library branch. The library will be promoted as an emergency resource center and a community preparedness event will be held in addition to ongoing information sessions during hurricane season.

Congratulations to Alex and the Greater Houston Region AHEC!

More information on all NN/LM SCR Funded Projects are available at our Previously Funded Projects website.