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New Course for Disaster Information Specialists: Social Media Analysis During Disasters!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-02-20 15:59

For emergency managers, information specialists, and others responding to large-scale disasters, it is challenging to filter through the volume of noise on social media to identify valid, actionable information. This new course, Social Media Analysis During Disasters, will help participants develop and implement a plan to effectively monitor and analyze disaster information on social media. This self-paced course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and provides three MLA continuing education (CE) credits. To review a list of additional free online courses to earn the MLA Disaster Information Specialist certificate, visit the NLM DIMRC Training Courses webpage.

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New MedlinePlus Feature: Healthy Recipe of the Week!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-02-16 15:28

On February 9, MedlinePlus released the new feature, Healthy Recipe of the Week, intended to spotlight recipes provided by NIH institutes. Recipes use fat-free milk, small amounts of vegetable oil, lean cuts of meat, poultry without the skin, fish, beans, fruits, vegetables, and lots of fresh herbs and spices for flavor. Try the first recipe for healthy beef casserole today. Bon appetit!

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New Maximum Length for PubMed Custom Filters Coming in April

PSR News - Mon, 2018-02-12 19:30

In April 2018, NLM will start limiting the length of PubMed custom filters to 4,000 characters, and asterisks (*) for truncation will no longer be allowed in these filters. The limitation of this My NCBI feature is being introduced to address resource-intensive demands on the system and to continue providing a rapid response time for all PubMed users. Custom filters appear on the right sidebar menu in PubMed and are configured in My NCBI.

Users of custom filters in PubMed that contain more than 4,000 characters and/or an asterisk (*) for truncation can prepare for this change now by updating the custom filters. For any search(es) affected by this change, click on the gear icon and edit the search so that it contains fewer than 4,000 characters and no asterisks. After the new rules are implemented, custom filters that exceed 4,000 characters and/or include an asterisk (*) will be disabled. Custom filters that do not exceed 4,000 characters or include any asterisks (*) will not be affected. An alternative is to create a My NCBI saved search to use in place of a filter. For further details and graphic illustrations, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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New Wellness Toolkits from NIH!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-02-09 18:34

The National Institutes of Health has released Your Healthiest Self: Wellness Toolkits, featuring science-based health tips in five different areas: Your Surroundings; Your Feelings; Your Body; Your Relationships; and Your Disease Defense. Each area has checklists of tips to print for yourself or share with others. The wellness toolkits link to dozens of NIH resources, fact sheets, and articles for more information.

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MetaMap – A Tool For Recognizing UMLS Concepts in Text

PSR News - Fri, 2018-02-09 13:44

MetaMap is a highly configurable program developed by Dr. Alan (Lan) Aronson at the National Library of Medicine to map biomedical text to the UMLS Metathesaurus or, equivalently, to discover Metathesaurus concepts referred to in text. MetaMap uses a knowledge-intensive approach based on symbolic, natural-language processing (NLP) and computational-linguistic techniques. Besides being applied for both IR and data-mining applications, MetaMap is one of the foundations of NLM’s Medical Text Indexer (MTI), which is being used for both semiautomatic and fully automatic indexing of biomedical literature at NLM.

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DOCLINE Libraries: Update Your Maximum Cost to Match NLM’s Changed Interlibrary Loan Fee

PSR News - Thu, 2018-02-08 14:39

On January 1, 2018, NLM’s fee for filling an interlibrary loan request changed from $9.00 to $12.00. This long overdue price increase will help keep NLM’s ILL service a national leader and ensure that NLM can continue to deliver efficient service and maintain a fast turnaround time to complete incoming requests. In light of this change, NLM asks libraries to increase their Maximum Cost to at least $12 before routing requests to NLM.

DOCLINE libraries can update their default Maximum Cost, or change it on a request-by-request basis. For questions, please review the Interlibrary Loan FAQs or contact NLM Customer Service.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on Genetics Home Reference Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-02-07 18:55

The archived recording of the January 31 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was Genetics Home Reference, presented by Stephanie Morrison, MPH, Team Coordinator for Genetic Home Reference at the National Library of Medicine. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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NNLM PSR Mini-Award Highlights for “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic & Medicine” Traveling Exhibition

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-02-07 16:26

by Alison Clement, MLIS, AHIP
Community Health Librarian
Marshall Community Health Library
Cameron Park, CA

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I never thought I would see the day when my library staff and I would be greeting patrons wearing witch’s hats, but this year it actually happened! The Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park, CA, was magically transformed during the month of July when we hosted the NLM traveling exhibition, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic & Medicine. Our library was an appreciative recipient of a NNLM PSR 2017 Mini-Award to fund activities related to and supporting the NLM History of Medicine exhibition.

The Marshall Community Health Library, part of Marshall Medical Center, is a consumer health library that has been serving the public and the healthcare community since 1997. Hosting the exhibition was the perfect way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our library’s opening, as well as 20 years of Harry Potter. The exhibition was simple and quick to put together with the aid of the instructions, both printed with illustrations, and online, including video.

We wanted to use the exhibition and celebration as an opportunity to reach out to those in our community who were not yet aware of our health information resources. We made use of the NLM exhibition’s templates for flyers and trading cards. The medical center’s Marketing Department assisted with publicity, including local papers and social media. The hospital’s catering section crafted a Harry Potter-decorated 20th anniversary cake for our celebration’s visitors on the opening day of the exhibition. We had 20th anniversary bookmarks available with our library’s contact information for visitors to take for future reference. Throughout the library, book and DVD resources were on display on tables to add an interactive element to the exhibition–for example, reproductions of old herbal manuscripts, and books on the history of medicine.

attendees at the nlm traveling exhibit display of harry potter's worldAttendees at the Harry Potter’s World NLM Traveling Exhibit

Our library shares a catalog with the El Dorado County public libraries, and we fully utilized this partnership to publicize and decorate the event. One of the local public libraries lent us some wonderful costumes and décor to liven up our special activity days. Thanks to this great loan, we had Hogwarts banners suspended from the ceiling, owls (fake ones!) perched on the bookshelves, a life-size figure of Professor Snape, an Azkaban “Wanted” photo booth, Gryffindor capes for our speakers to wear, and an assortment of witch hats for our library staff. Our hearts go out to El Dorado Hills Library for the use of these decorations!

The first two days of the exhibition were very exciting, with demonstrations and speakers. We hosted the local wildlife rescue organization, which brought three of their live owl “ambassadors” and gave a talk about owls. An emeritus professor of philosophy presented a talk on sacred geometry and alchemical wisdom. Outside our library’s front door, we had a “Potions Class” taught by an expert in the history of pharmacy, who demonstrated some “olde” remedies, including small explosions and dry ice effects that the children loved. A naturopathic practitioner/herbalist spoke to the visitors about herbology and medieval herbal medicine, and a display of 30 medicinal herbs–all labeled–fresh from the librarian’s herb garden helped to illustrate and educate.

Library volunteers were on hand to help visitors with some interactive activities. Children could have a Hogwarts acceptance letter made with their name on it. Young and old alike enjoyed reaching into a real Hogwarts Sorting Hat to see “Which House Chooses You!” with a few giveaways for the lucky few who pulled out a special magical ticket. In addition to the exhibition-related activities, we featured a special MedlinePlus & PubMed display, with brochures and staff on hand to demonstrate the use of these databases. 75% of the visitors to the exhibition and events were first-time library visitors, so our goal of reaching newcomers was satisfyingly met, with both young and older visitors, and some medical center staff. We hope that the exhibition and 20th anniversary celebration opened the door for many to a magical world of information!

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February 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-02-02 16:06
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Check out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: How to Find a Cancer Doctor
    Cancer changes your life and the lives of those around you. Finding the right cancer doctor (called an oncologist) and treatment facility is an important step to getting the treatment and support you need.
  • Featured Website: Bullying Prevention
    Bullying is any unwanted aggressive behavior among peers where there is power imbalance. Find out how to spot the signs and respond to bullying and cyberbullying.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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New NNLM PSR Library Director Profile: Keir Reavie, City of Hope, Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-02-01 18:23

by Keir Reavie, MLIS, Director, Library Services
Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

I’m happy to be back in California, in the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), and working in a health sciences environment as Director, Library Services, Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library, City of Hope. I’ve been in Southern California for four months and it was great seeing colleagues at the first Joint Meeting I’ve attended since 2011, when I was living in Northern California and a member of the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG). I had been living in New York City since early 2011, where I worked as the Associate Director of the Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, and on the John Torrey Papers digitization project at the Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden. Those of you interested in the history of science or botany in America, or the history of nineteenth-century America, should check out the John Torrey Papers. To get more intimate with Torrey’s correspondence, you can also help transcribe the papers, so historians and other researchers can more easily search and retrieve information from the documents.

I received my MLIS from the University of Western Ontario and took my first position as a health sciences librarian in the Medical Library at the University of Manitoba. I then worked at the Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University, Detroit. While at Wayne State I was active in the Greater Midwest Region of the NNLM, as a member of the Advisory Board and chair of the Education Committee. I moved to California in 2000, to take a position in the Library and Center for Knowledge Management, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF I worked closely with the School of Medicine to integrate information literacy into the evidence-based medicine curriculum, and later managed the library’s education and information services. In 2006 I went on to work at the University of California, Davis (UCD), where I managed the health sciences libraries and the biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences departments of the UCD Libraries. As a member of NCNMLG, I served as president in 2007/2008, and member of the planning committees for Joint Meetings in 2008 and 2011. I worked closely with the NNLM PSR, and was always happy to assist at NLM exhibits at health sciences conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area, to help promote NLM resources.

It’s an exciting time to be working at the City of Hope. It is a non-profit organization that is growing rapidly, and was recently re-accredited as one of 49 NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. It will be a challenge to develop and maintain the library’s central role as a place of learning for faculty, students, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals as the organization grows. The Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is a leader in research to understand how biology affects diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes. City of Hope has recently acquired a precision medicine research group, the Translation Genomics Research Institute, located in Phoenix, AZ. Translational science is a high priority for the organization. The Graduate School is applying to start a new Master’s program in translational science. In addition, City of Hope has extensive education programs, including the renowned nursing research and clinical investigation training programs. City of Hope has also developed a comprehensive strategy to cure type I diabetes.

To support the growing enterprise, the Library plans to add additional staff and rethink the use of library space, to create collaborative environments for researchers, pharmacists, nurses, and clinicians; support translational science; and help expand educational programs in the City of Hope. The Library recently started reporting to the Chief Informatics Officer, so we will also be closely linked to City of Hope’s informatics strategy, particularly the centralization of informatics and bioinformatics educational programs. Again, I’m glad to rejoin the NNLM PSR and look forward to working closely with professional librarians throughout the region, and hopefully take some time to explore Los Angeles and Southern California!

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PubMed Commons to Be Discontinued

PSR News - Thu, 2018-02-01 18:19

PubMed Commons has been a valuable experiment in supporting discussion of published scientific literature. The service was first introduced as a pilot project in the fall of 2013 and was reviewed in 2015. Despite low levels of use at that time, NIH decided to extend the effort for another year or two in hopes that participation would increase. Unfortunately, usage has remained minimal, with comments submitted on only 6,000 of the 28 million articles indexed in PubMed.

While many worthwhile comments were made through the service during its 4 years of operation, NIH has decided that the low level of participation does not warrant continued investment in the project, particularly given the availability of other commenting venues. The discontinuation plan is as follows:

  • New comments will be accepted through February 15, 2018.
  • Comments will continue to be visible on the PubMed and PubMed Commons websites through March 2, 2018.
  • Users wishing to access the comments after March 2, 2018, will be able to download them from NCBI’s website.
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Request for Information: Submit Research Questions to Inform Development of the NIH All of Us Research Program!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-01-31 15:57

The National Institutes of Health has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public input to inform future updates to the All of Us Research Program that would be of most benefit to participants, researchers, and the broader community. The information provided will help identify key research priorities and requirements (such as data types and methods) for future versions of the All of Us protocol. All responses must be submitted online by February 23 through the program’s IdeaScale website. The RFI solicits “use cases,” or input on health problems or research questions of interest that All of Us could potentially help address.

The All of Us Research Program will make all responses available on the website as a searchable reference and as a principal database of use cases and requirements for informing future plans for All of Us. An advantage of using Ideascale is that it provides the opportunity to see what others have added as research ideas. Over 250 have already been submitted! Another feature is the ability to vote on your favorite ideas or comment on submissions. Commenting is a great way to start a dialogue with other submitters. All responses will be considered at the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop, scheduled for March 21–23 in Bethesda, MD.

The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to advance the science of precision medicine and ensure everyone shares in its benefits. The overall objective of the program is to build an observational research resource that will provide the information needed to address a wide range of scientific questions, facilitating the exploration of biological, clinical, social, and environmental determinants of health and disease. It will be one of the larges, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research. The program will collect and curate health-related data and biospecimens from one million or more individuals who reflect the diversity in the United States and will sign up to share their information over time. These data and biospecimens will be made broadly available for research uses. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.

The program is currently in beta testing, with a national launch anticipated in spring 2018. Once enrollment opens nationally, volunteers over the age of 18 who live in the United States will be able to join All of Us, either directly through the website or through participating health care provider organizationsAll of Us aims to be open to all interested individuals, to reflect the rich diversity of America and to serve as a catalyst for innovative research programs and policies.

This is a unique opportunity to share your research ideas with the All of Us Research Program! Feel free to send any questions about this process to

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Five NNLM Online Courses and Webinars Coming in February!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-01-30 13:43

Each month, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) offers free professional development opportunities. During February 2018, NNLM is offering online classes and webinars about big data in healthcare, providing consumer health information in libraries, acting as a liaison with health professionals, grants and proposal writing, and providing reliable health information to older adults:

  • Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles (February 5 to March 30): This course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.
  • Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library (February 6 to March 13): This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists.
  • Learning to Liaise with Health Professions (February 7, 11:00AM – 12:30PM PST): Attendees will explore various health professions and educational environments, such as community colleges, hospitals, universities, and more. Next, the course will focus on how educational standards for health professions inform library instruction, research support, and collection services.
  • Grants and Proposal Writing (February 15, 11:00AM – 12:00PM PST): Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.
  • Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (February 22, 8:00 – 10:00AM PST): This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.
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NLM Online Course Announcement: EDirect for PubMed, part of the Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-25 19:38

Registration is available for a newly expanded series of interactive workshops which will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access the exact PubMed data needed, in the most appropriate format. Over the course of five 90-minute sessions (plus optional “office hours”), participants will learn how to use EDirect commands to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. EDirect requires access to a Unix environment but participants will receive easy installation instructions for Windows and Mac computers before the class begins. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, as well as homework exercises between sessions. Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 100 students per offering. Each session begins at 10:00 AM PT and runs approximately 90 minutes. Seven (7) hours of MLA CE credit are available for students who attend the first five sessions and complete the homework assignments, and complete the open-book exam no later than Monday, March 26. Registration is also available for an introductory webinar, Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed, on Tuesday, February 13.

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NNLM Webinar on February 21: Cultural Competence for Information Professionals

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-25 19:28

According to the National Association of Social Workers, cultural competence is “a congruent set of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable a person or group to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.” The one-hour webinar, Cultural Competence for Information Professionals, sponsored by the NNLM MidContinental Region, will provide an introduction to cultural competence, discuss why it is important and how it applies to the work of information professionals. The session will be held on February 21, 9:00-10:00 AM PST, and will feature guest speaker Shaundra Walker, PhD, Interim Library Director of the Ina Dillard Russell Library at Georgia College.

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January 2018 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-01-19 19:21

On January 17, NNLM PSR presented Social Workers in the Public Library, the Glendale Experience for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Featured speakers included Tiffany Barrios, Library Supervisor and Mary Leasure, Social Worker, at the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, California. The webinar session focused on a grant funded partnership between a local homeless service agency and Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department to serve homeless patrons, with or without mental illness. You can view the webinar by visiting the Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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NNLM Webinar on February 14: “Preparing for the Worst – Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness”

PSR News - Fri, 2018-01-19 15:55

The NNLM South Central Region (SCR) is hosting the one-hour webinar, Preparing for the Worst: Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness, on Wednesday, February 14, at 8:00am PST. Registration is not required. The presentation will focus on surfacing and discussing some practical “best practices” when considering organizational preparedness and operational resilience. Key points during this brief include: capturing vulnerabilities, mitigation applied, knowing where your agency fits, the value of networking, communications and resource acquisition before and during disasters. The featured speaker will be Bill Icenogle, Director of Emergency Management at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA. He is credentialed as a Louisiana Emergency Management – “Professional” through the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA).

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WISER 5.1 Now Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-18 18:57

WISER 5.1 is now available on all platforms! The following new features are included in this release:

  • CHEMM (“CHEMM 2.0”) has extensive new and updated content, e.g., guidance and reference materials.
  • New Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for airborne chemicals (AEGL) data from the EPA.
  • Data updates based on the latest Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) content.
  • Android: Upgrades for KitKat. OS 4.4 is now required. Protective distance “point into the wind” feature added for devices with a compass.
  • Windows: Completely new installer. Leverages new features of .NET. Version 4.6.1 is now required.
  • Fixes to Emergency Response Guide UN searches (duplicates now displayed) across all platforms.
  • Many smaller updates and bug fixes.

Also, check out WISER’s new series of YouTube videos. These videos introduce WISER’s functionality, walk through a known substance scenario, and explore WISER’s protective distance mapping feature in detail. WebWISER enhancements and WISER version 5.2 coming soon!

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Resources Addressing Radiation Emergencies

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-17 18:55

The false alert sent to everyone in Hawaii this past Saturday caused panic and alarm. Now that it is clear there is no immediate threat, this unfortunate incident can serve as a reminder to prepare for all types of hazards and emergencies. Do you know what to do in the case of a radiation emergency? The CDC created a webpage with a simple, clear public message for what to do after a nuclear detonation. Also available is the CDC infographic, Nuclear Weapon.

NLM’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) resource gives healthcare providers guidance on diagnosis and treatment during radiation emergencies. It also provides:

In addition, Module 5 of the NLM Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) course focuses on REMM. The course as a whole provides a comprehensive background on all CBRNE threats. A Disaster Lit® search finds numerous freely available documents and resources on preparing for and responding to radiation emergencies.

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Apply for a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Award!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-17 15:24

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day will mark its fifth anniversary on Saturday, May 5! You can help protect your community from wildfire by applying for a $500 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day grant through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) by March 2. NFPA welcomes applications for one of 150 funding awards for $500 to work on a community wildfire hazard mitigation project. Develop a plan now to work with partners and identify wildfire risks in your community. NFPA’s Firewise USA site has resources you can use to understand your risk. To view past projects, visit the Success Stories, including one occurring in San Diego County in 2016.

A free webinar will be held on Thursday, January 18, 11:30am-12:30pm PST, Completing a Successful Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Funding Application. The featured presenter will be Faith Berry, NFPA Associate Project Manager, Wildland Fire Protection. Anyone in the United States and the US territories can apply, including school groups, youth groups, church groups, fire departments, and residents in areas across the United States that are at risk from wildfire.

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