In the April 18, 2017 NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Stacey Arnesen and Florence Chang from the NLM Specialized Information Services share tornado and disaster preparedness resources. They also highlight the role librarians have played during emergencies: information first responders.
Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
APHA’s Get Ready campaign has fact sheets on winter storms, cold weather safety, and cold and flu. The PDF documents are available in English and Spanish.
Not familiar with APHA Get Ready? This American Public Health Association (APHA) campaign “helps Americans prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies.” (from Get Ready: About)
A recent SAMHSA newsletter article discusses the impact of severe weather on mental health. The piece includes some “disaster mental health tips” and links to resources to help communities develop “thoughtful approaches that consider behavioral health preparations and responses to severe storms and other disasters.”
Whenever you learn about a new health topic, you’ll need to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, which is when a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:
- HIV/AIDS: Use the AIDSinfo Glossary (also available in Spanish) to look up definitions and illustrations to HIV/AIDS-related terms in consumer-friendly language.
- Multilingual Glossaries: Find links to glossaries in multiple languages under the “Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Online Translation Tools” section of the Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page.
- Disasters: The Disaster Information Management Research Center provides a guide to Disaster Glossaries, with links to glossaries under topics like “Climate and Weather” and “Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism.”
- Toxicology: The full IUPAC Glossary of Terms Used in Toxicology, 2nd Edition (2007) is available on the Environmental Health and Toxicology Information page.
Read more on SIS at: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/prj6
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
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