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Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Stay Safe During Hunting Season

Monday, September 26th, 2016

For many parts of the United States, fall is hunting season. Recreation.gov has tips for hunters and non-hunters to stay safe in the woods this time of year.

Spotlight: Safety During Hunting Season: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/rd10

Updated Disaster Information Specialization Courses

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is updating disaster health information courses and formatting them for self-paced study online. Two updated courses are now available (see below). By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources

This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of NLM resources that support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.

Text adapted from NLM DIMRC email announcement.

New Disaster Resources for K-12

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services (SIS) K-12 team compiled a list of resources to teach K-12 students about disasters and disaster preparedness. You’ll find lesson plans, activity sheets, and age-appropriate information on drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tornadoes, wildfires, and general disaster recovery and preparedness. For the list of resources, visit the NLM SIS K-12 Science and Health Education page and expand “Disasters.”

Flood Safety Tips

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Due to the recent flooding disaster in the southern states these resources may be helpful to review.

From the CDC – Flood home page and Flood Safety

MedlinePlus topic page with information in multiple languages Floods

FEMA home page Louisiana Floods

Protecting kids from Zika

Monday, July 18th, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control has information for parents about Zika, including printable fact sheets and kid-friendly activity books.

Zika – Parents: http://bit.ly/2a6stji

 

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Monday, July 18th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 50,000 people a year visit the emergency department because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, but poisoning can be prevented.

Resources to learn more include:

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention (CDC): http://bit.ly/2ab3kql

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (MedlinePlus): http://bit.ly/29QhRWa

Build Your Own Zika Prevention Kit

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Do you live in or are traveling to an area that has the mosquito that spreads Zika? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has downloadable posters and handouts in multiple languages. The materials provide guidance for pregnant women and for people who want to build a home Zika prevention kit.

Download materials: http://bit.ly/29HfJAZ

Updates to FoodKeeper app

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture has updated its food safety app, FoodKeeper, to include Spanish and Portuguese. In September, the app, which includes storage advice for 400+ foods, will be updated to include food recall alerts and training videos. The app is available via the web, Google Play and iTunes.

More information and download instructions: http://bit.ly/29HeVMh

Traumatic events – Preparing, Responding, and Coping

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has a number of resources regarding preparing for, responding to, and coping with traumatic events.

DIMRC Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events, http://1.usa.gov/1Nwmm1n

Disaster Lit®  searches

Disaster Lit®  recently added resources

  • TRACIE Topic Collection: Mass Gatherings/Special Events, http://1.usa.gov/1U8wNMX
    • Provides resources designed to help emergency medical staff create robust plans for mass critical care before an incident strikes their jurisdiction.
  • TRACIE Topic Collection: Emergency Operations Plans/Emergency Management Program, http://1.usa.gov/1ZR6eQ1
    • Provides resources that highlight select standards, guidance, regulation, accreditation programs, and tools that can help healthcare emergency preparedness professionals create new, or bolster the foundation of, existing programs and plans. 

Help for Emotional Distress following Mass Violence

Monday, June 13th, 2016

People dealing with emotional distress from the Orlando shooting or any other disaster are encouraged to use the Disaster Distress Helpline.

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

“Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for support and counseling. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Spanish-speakers should text Hablanos to 66746. English speakers in U.S. territories text TalkWithUs to 1-212-461-4635. Calls and texts are answered by trained, caring counselors from crisis call centers located throughout the United States.”

Incidents of Mass Violence (SAMHSA): http://1.usa.gov/1U3QJ3n