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Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Thanks to FEMA for the heads-up about this conference, being held tomorrow, June 15–check out the conference site here:   Here’s the description from FEMA’s news update: 

Empowering Business, Government and Nonprofit Leaders to Act Together in Times of Crisis
Leadership during large-scale disasters like terrorist attacks, natural disasters and pandemic flu is the focus of the Long Island Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness on June 15, where more than 200 leaders will gather to better prepare and respond to public health and safety emergencies.  Offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative – Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness fosters greater cross-sector collaboration among business, government and nonprofit leaders during emergencies.  The Long Island Meta-Leadership Summit is the 36th and final in the series of highly-evaluated Summits that have been held to engage leaders across the country. More than 4,700 leaders have attended a Summit to date, and over 2,500 have joined the Meta-Leadership Online Community. Visit the online community to watch a sampling of video soundbites from Summit participants in their own words: Tampa Bay; Nebraska; San Diego County; Greater Los Angeles and Greater Houston.

Missouri’s Monster Tornado

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I found this site today, WebProNews, at, which contains Google maps showing the path of the monster tornado that shredded much of Joplin, MO earlier this week, as well as videos showing the development and movement of the storm from satellite, and from a helicopter just after the storm had dissipated.  Especially, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see an unreal, but real, before-and-after of a residential neighborhood there.

Health Info Partnership in Missouri

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell of NN/LM’s MidContinental Region office, of which Missouri is a part, posts this to the Disaster Outreach listserv:

“The medical library at St John’s hospital is not functioning at this time. The Medical Library at St. John’s Health System in Springfield, MO has stepped up and is working to assist anyone in the area with information needs. They are both part of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, so there is a partnership structure in place for that kind of program.”

Thank you, Siobhan.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

May 22-28 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Check out the “Key Facts About Hurricane Readiness” page on the CDC site:, especially if you are in the southeastern, southern, and Atlantic seaboard areas of the U. S.