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New NLM Web Page: Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

tablet apps The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) recently launched a new web page titled “Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Page”: .

This page includes links to various mobile tools and apps that have been selected based upon utility in a disaster or emergency context and which adhere to the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Selection Guidelines for non-NLM resources. The page is organized into three sections based on the type of information provided by the app or web site:

  1.  Disaster Medicine Tools – tools which provide medical or health information that might be useful in preparing for, responding to, or recovering from a disaster or emergency.
  2. Disaster Resources: tools that provide information on resources that may be needed in a disaster (i.e., missing person connections, shelters, safety information).
  3. Hazardous Events: tools providing information on large scale events, including weather events, that might be followed before or during a disaster.

Although NLM cannot link directly to other interesting and potentially useful apps that were developed by individuals and other organizations that do not fall within the NLM Selection Guide, if another library or organization created an external web page containing links to such apps, NLM could link to this summary page. Additionally, more suggestions for tools and apps are welcome.


Resources for Victims of Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Philippines Storm

The Government of the Philippines is leading a major emergency rescue, evacuation and response operation in southern Philippines following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Washi, known locally as Sendong.

Read the initial Report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (covering the period of December 16 – 18, 2011):

Several resources are available from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Resource Center about the health impacts of flooding, including disease risks and worker and responder safety information: .

The National Library of Medicine has also activated a People Locator: .

Google has created a Person Finder, available in English and Filipino:

Person Finder, English:
Person Finder, Filipino:

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NLM Awardees: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011

2011 project sites

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is funding seven Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects in a new program which began September 2011. The program supports efforts of libraries and other organizations to work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by agencies working in any phase of all-hazards management.

Congratulations to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, NM!

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center will partner with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and  Informatics Center and University of New Mexico Center for Disaster Medicine. The project will develop a framework for extending the role of librarians and informationists in providing access to the resources of the National Library of Medicine and other federal and state sources to the National Disaster Medical System and other federal response entities. The project will also develop and implement processes for improving local emergency responders’ ready access to quality disaster management information at time of need.

More information about the award and other recipients is available at: .


FEMA Releases National Disaster Recovery Framework

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

NDRF website banner

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with many other federal partners, has officially released the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). The National Disaster Recovery Framework outlines how community recovery is supported and organized on a national level. It builds on scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating structures to align key roles and responsibilities, linking local, State, Tribal and Federal governments, the private sector, voluntary, faith-based and community organizations that all play vital roles in recovery.

The National Disaster Recovery Framework identifies recovery support functions that have a designated federal coordinating agency to provide leadership, coordination and oversight to support state, tribal and local communities in their recovery. It contains guidance for developing measures of successful recovery based on the state and community’s recovery objectives, effective decision-making and coordination, and the integration of community recovery planning processess.

As part of the rollout of the National Disaster Recovery Framework, FEMA leadership along with key stakeholders in the National Disaster Recovery Framework development will hold a forum in each of FEMA’s ten regions as well as Washington, DC to discuss the intent and application of the guidance contained therein. Cities and dates will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the National Disaster Recovery Framework, please visit .

September 2011: A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare.

Friday, September 9th, 2011

National Preparedness Month 2011Several government agencies (FEMA, Citizen Corps, and others) as well as the American Public Health Association (APHA) have joined to promote the month of September 2011 as a time to remember the events of September 11, 2001 and also to encourage all Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Each of the resources below has additional information on various aspects of the promotion.

For more information on becoming a National Preparedness Month Coalition member or information on planning an event, see: . Information on the Ready campaign is available in several languages.

The APHA designates September 21, 2011 as Get Ready Day and has resources on planning or participating in an event, including a video contest for K – 12 students. 

America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health’s Vital Role in National Defense, a report featuring more than 30 firsthand accounts of public health professionals who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001 and anthrax tragedies. A summary of how public health preparedness has evolved in the past 10 years is also included in the report.

New Resource: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

CHEMM website bannerChemical emergencies are high risk events that require first responders to quickly make a series of complex decisions in order to minimize the risk of injury to their patients and themselves. The tools in Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) provide a comprehensive resource to help responders make safer decisions and provide them with the right information when it is needed most. CHEMM enables first responders & other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases. CHEMM is available online at

As a web-based resource, CHEMM can be downloaded in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. It provides evidence-based information and guidance on a wide variety of topics, including quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities.

CHEMM is the result of collaborative efforts between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) – Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO), and the National Library of Medicine – Division of Specialized Information Services (NLM\SIS), as well as many medical, emergency response, toxicology, industrial hygiene, and other experts.


Webinar July 13, 2011: Role of Libraries and Librarians in Disasters

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 will host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion Wednesday, July 13, 2011, beginning at 11:00 CT. The topic will focus on libraries as community resources in the context of disasters and emergencies. The American Library Association, the National Library of Medicine, and other organizations within the library community are supporting efforts to tap the potential of libraries, librarians, and information services to aid in the nation’s disaster management efforts.

Guest presenter will be John C. Scott, founder of the Center for Public Service Communications and Senior Consultant to the National Library of Medicine on its development of a Disaster Management Research Center as recommended by its Long Range Plan (2006-2016). Mr. Scott has provided consulting services to the private sector and numerous government agencies in the specialized field of applying telecommunications and information technologies to reduce health disparities, to improve health services to underserved and disenfranchised individuals and communities and to improve the collection and sharing of scientific, technical and community knowledge to reduce human vulnerability to natural hazards.

For instructions on how to join the presentation, and see the Background Page for related materials and Instructions for Live Meeting. If this will be your first time to participate, please check your connection in advance by clicking on the Live Meeting Link. The Live Meeting client must be used in order to access the audio.

Natural Disaster PSAs, Podcasts and Text Messages

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011


The CDC has created a page of resources for use in providing messages about what people can do to protect themselves and their family during a natural disaster:

Included on the page is a new toolkit of prepared cell phone text messages that support state and local emergency managers in disaster response.

Local and state agencies register their interest in using the toolkit by providing contact information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); they will then receive alerts and updates as the content expands to include health tips for additional types of disasters. Agencies can register by email:

Content for the text messages, developed by HHS experts working with state and local agencies and approved by subject matter experts, complements the 30-second public service announcements for radio and television. The text messages cover a wide range of actions people can take to protect their health relevant to hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.

2011 Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

satellite picture of hurricane

Right on schedule, hurricane season begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic basin this year. Last week, the Office of the President stressed  the need for individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and families to prepare emergency plans, create emergency supply kits, and learn evacuation routes (

Several organizations have resources to assist with these preparations. Some include widgets which can be used on library or other organizational websites to quickly link to valuable information.

Take the necessary steps to prepare yourself, your home, your family, and your workplace for a potential hurricane BEFORE it happens!

Salvaging Collections after a Water Emergency

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Flooded Library

News of the devastating floods that have impacted portions of the country can serve as a reminder of the importance of setting up library salvage plans in the event of a water emergency.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest  medical library, has recently introduced a new site, Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize Library Collections in the Event of a Water Emergency.

The website, a collaborative effort by NLM staff from the History of Medicine Division, Preservation and Collection Management Section, National Network Office, Office of Computer and Communications Systems, and the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, contains links to short instructional videos that provide visual training for institutional staff tasked with stabilizing collections affected by water.   The site also includes information on building recovery, health and safety, and preparedness.  A mobile version of the site is also available.