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To help mitigate the impact of disasters on healthcare providers and their patients, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has developed and oversees an emergency preparedness and response plan to help Network members maintain their information services in the event of a disaster.
1-800-DEV-ROKS (1-800-338-7657) is the toll-free NN/LM Emergency Assistance Number and will connect you to the Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library. Call this number whenever disaster strikes and your local resources/plans are unable to keep your core services available, so we can help implement the response plan!
- Librarians and Disasters – A web source listing tools, activities and programs useful to librarians
- Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health – A gateway to freely available online resources related to disaster medicine and public health.
- Disaster Information Management Research Center - Homepage for the NLM Center
- NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit - The primary mission for this toolkit is to promote disaster planning in health sciences library and to serve as a disaster planning resource for local communities and the nation.
- NN/LM Emergency Preparedness Committee/State Coordinators. - A standing committee of the NN/LM SE/A regional advisory structure. The committee is comprised of a representative from each state in the region, with one person serving as chair and one member serving on the RAC Oversight Committee. Also each person serving on this committee assumes the role of state coordinator(s) for their home state.
- NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for Network Members - To help mitigate the impact of disasters on healthcare providers and their patients, the NN/LM has developed and oversees this emergency preparedness and response plan to help Network members maintain their information services in the event of a disaster.
Each of our state pages has specific information about emergency resources in that state.
- Alabama, District of Columbia ,Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina,Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia
- My Family Disaster Plan. Be Prepared: How to Help you Family in Any Disaster - This tri-fold, color brochure was produced by the Children's Health Fund and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
- Transcript and slide presentation from May 12, 2009 webcast, Planning & Preparedness for Children's Needs in Public Health Emergencies
- Model Memorandum of Understanding for a Health Sciences, Hospital/System or Medical Library for Emergency Preparedness Support
- A Simplified Approach to Service Continuity
A PowerPoint presentation (Office 2007 version or Office 97-2003 version) designed to be a simple, relatively quick approach to developing a service continuity plan.
- NN/LM Emergency Preparedness Toolkit Brochure
- NN/LM Emergency Preparedness Plan Brochure
- NN/LM Emergency Preparedness 10 Steps Brochure
- Emergency Preparedness Videos in ASL, Documents in Braille and Large Print
- American Red Cross "Safe and Well" Tool - The American Red Cross has unveiled new and updated technology to help families stay safe and reconnect during a disaster. Their secure and easy-to-use online tool allows people inside a disaster-affected area to list themselves as "safe and well" and for loved ones to search for these messages.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Homepage of the NOAA Central Library, which is managed by the agency’s Oceanographic Data Center.
- Ready.gov – Sponsored by FEMA is a disaster planning and preparedness resource for citizens in their homes, at school and places of business.
- Disaster Assistance – A composite of federal agencies that have come together, in one location, to provide the public with information in obtaining federal help and resources in a disaster. Also in Spanish.
- dPlan is perfect for small and medium-sized institutions that do not have in-house preservation staff. dPlan is also valuable for large library systems or museum campuses that need to develop separate but related plans for multiple buildings, locations, or branches.” (Northeast Document Conservation Center)
- Pocket Response Plan (PReP)™- an accompaniment to a disaster plan, “The Pocket Response Plan (PReP)™ is a concise document for recording essential information needed by staff in case of a disaster. Every person having a response-related assignment should carry a PReP with them at all times. The PReP is one component of CoSA’s Framework for Emergency Preparedness.” (Council of State Archivists)
The effectiveness of the plan depends on the participation of a range of players, from individual Network members, through the eight Regional Medical Library (RML) offices, to the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The structure is designed to provide a game plan that starts with preparedness and continues through emergency response.
Initially, the plan will focus on hospital and academic medical center libraries to assist them to develop emergency response/disaster plans suitable to their environments. The RML will also facilitate having Network member libraries establish back-up relationships with libraries who can help maintain services during a disaster. Participating libraries are strongly encouraged to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with their back-up library that specifies what services will be provided and how the relationship will function.
Emergency response planning presents a strategy for communicating among Network members and the RML office before and during and emergency. There are strategies for providing essential services among Network members (based on the preparedness plans), as well as assigning responsibility for follow-up and reporting of each incident or emergency.
Resources that support all aspects of this plan are linked from the Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit.
- EBSCO - Due to Pandemic H1N1 Influenza (formerly known as Swine Flu) and concerns about the 2009/2010 flu season, the EBSCO Publishing Medical and Nursing editors of DynaMed™, Nursing Reference Center™ (NRC) and Patient Education Reference Center™ (PERC) have made key influenza information from these resources freely available to health care providers worldwide.
- Federal Government Emergency Response Resources
- Library, School and Medical Association Resources
- Misc. Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery Resources - includes recommended readings and animal health resources
Disaster Preparedness - This one-day class will provide the training necessary to plan, organize and execute a disaster plan and a salvage operation.
Hurricane Preparedness (Live Online) - Using lessons learned by institutions that have faced a region-wide disaster, this class examines the specifics of hurricane readiness.
Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Training
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills.