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Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake in Afghanistan

Monday, October 26th, 2015

The following is an announcement from the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Library:

Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake in Afghanistan event page :

The USGS earthquake summary poster of the event just went online:

Technical Terms used on Event Pages:

Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake in Afghanistan

Staff at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) are available to answer media calls at 303-273-8500.

Disaster Information Resources for Hurricane Patricia

Monday, October 26th, 2015

The following is a message from Cindy Love and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

With the approach of Hurricane Patricia to the Mexico coast, there are many in the United States with interests in understanding public health concerns that arise from the anticipated major wind and flood damage. The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (NLM Disaster Health) provides information on public health aspects of hurricanes and flooding of interest to health professionals and volunteers who may be responding to Mexico from the U.S. and also important to people living in (or who have family in) the affected regions.

NLM Disaster Health suggests the following resources and anticipates many more will be added as the situation unfolds:

U.S. Federal Organizations
-National Hurricane Center

-Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

-U.S. Department of State: Hurricane Patricia

-United States Diplomatic Mission to Mexico

—Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Patricia Dated: October 23, 2015

-U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Department of Defense

International Organizations
Pan American Health Organization

Hashtags: #patricia, #hurricanepatricia, #huracanpatricia
Hashtags for the affected regions: #Jalisco, #Colima, #Nayarit, #Mexico
Twitter list for Hurricane Patricia,, compiled by @NLM_DIMRC, the Twitter account from the Disaster Information Management Research Center,
The list includes selected Twitter accounts frequently posting about Hurricane Patricia, including all the accounts in this email.

In addition to major and local news media, these Twitter accounts are posting about Hurricane Patricia:
-National Hurricane Center, @NWSNHC,
-USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, @theOFDA,

-Pan American Health Organization, @PAHOdisasters, (English and Spanish)
-U.S. Department of State, @StateDept,
-U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Mexico, @USEmbassyMEX,
-U.S. Northern Command, @NoradNorthcom,

Mexico government and NGO (non-governmental organization) Twitter accounts, in Spanish:
-Secretaría de Gobernación, @SEGOB_mx,
-Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil, @PcSegob,
-Oficina de la Presidencia de la República, @PresidenciaMX,
-La Comisión Nacional del Agua, @conagua_mx,
-Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, @conagua_clima,
-Cruz Roja Mexicana, @CruzRoja_MX,
-Cruz Roja Estado de Jalisco, @CruzRojaJalisco,

NLM Disaster Health topic guides for professionals on:
Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Stress,
Animals in Disasters,

Health Resources for the Public: MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health


-Huracanes (Hurricanes),
-Inundaciones (Floods),

Submitted by Cindy Love and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Major Redesign

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Radiation Emergency Medical Management Logo

The Radiation Emergency Medical Management Team is proud to announce the first major redesign of our site since REMM was launched in 2007.

The redesign includes a more modern banner, a new color palette and font style, and a new navigation system.

There are now 6 content groups on the new home page.

We have added an easy to use navigational menu at the top of the home page with sections for

  • Interactive Clinical Tools
  • Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Reference and Data
  • Overview of REMM and
  • Links to downloading the REMM app for various mobile devices

One of our most popular features, the Multimedia Library in carousel form, remains on the home page, with 7 categories of multimedia assets.

Since REMM’s last major content update in November 2014, significant content updates have been added including

  1. New references and on most of the Emergencies Incidents pages
  2. New references in the Key Guidance Documents section
  3. Information about the March 2015 FDA-approval of filgrastim for the indication of radiation-induced myelosuppression
  4. New section describing Selection of Radiation Detection Systems
  5. New listings in the Training and Education page
  6. New references on the Recovery and Resilience page
  7. New information on the Other Audiences pages for Legal Advisors, Senior Leaders, First Responders, Veterinarians, Public Information Officers and Others
  8. New references in the very large Biodosimetry Library
  9. Major revisions to the Dose Reconstruction page
  10. Major revisions to the Data Collection page
  11. Update to the Monitoring Drinking Water and Milk page
  12. Updates to the Use of Blood Products page
  13. Update to the Stem Cell Transplant page
  14. Additions to the page of REMM consultants
  15. REMM has a new email update notification system by GovDelivery. If you are a REMM Listserv subscriber, you don’t need to do anything. You were automatically moved to the new system.

Users who have previously bookmarked REMM pages of interest should know that all the prior URLs have been retained, so the bookmarks will still work just like before.

Users who have visited REMM pages before may need to refresh (reload) the web page to see the new design. Otherwise, only the old pages cached in your browser will display.

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,

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

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:

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)

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.

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.