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Becoming Agents of Community Resilience

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013













Click on the image above to view the article that Susan Yowell and Dan Wilson wrote about roles for libraries and people that work for libraries in supporting community disaster resilience.  The article appeared in the Jul/Aug 2013 edition of Information Outlook: The Magazine of the Special Libraries Association.  Please send comments to me at

Disaster Summit: Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Eight days until the next NN/LM EP&R Summit …

Disaster Summit: Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What would you do in the event of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest? With whom would you need to coordinate to continue to provide needed services? Spend the day with colleagues from across multiple disciplines to engage one another about disaster planning and response. We will use a magnitude 9 earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone as the scenario for our day’s discussions. Speakers include representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington State Emergency Management Division, and the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, just to name a few. Librarians, Emergency Reponders, Health Care Providers, and others will gather to learn and share and will walk away knowing more about how to foster and improve collaboration for disaster planning and response.

Summit Objectives:

Familiarize attendees with disaster issues and resources specific to the Pacific Northwest
Share best practices in disaster information management
Facilitate communication and cooperation among librarians and emergency planners
Increase attendees’ knowledge of a range of potential information services they could offer members of the disaster workforce
Raise attendees’ awareness about emergency preparedness and response tools and training resources offered through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Registration Information

Registration is free, but required. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register through the NN/LM online registration system.

Travel support is availble to PNR Network Members through Professional Development Awards.

This event has been approved for 6 Continuing Education contact hours by the Medical Library Association

PNR Contact: Gail Kouame, (206) 221-3449,

Seattle BioMed
Discovery Conference Room
307 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 09108

Directions and Parking Information:

Agenda for March 26th

8:30am Welcome and Introductions
Dan Wilson, Coordinator, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan
8:45am Keynote Address:
Cascadia Magnitude 9: What It Will Do and What You Can Do To Help
Joan Gomberg, Research Geophysicist, Earthquake Hazards Program, U.S. Geological Survey
9:45am Earthquake Response 101: What YOU Need to Know Ahead of the Disaster. Followed by Group Tabletop Exercise
John Schelling, Earthquake/Tsunami, Volcano Program Manager, Washington State Emergency Management Division
10:45am Break
11:00am The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Managment Research Center
Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Librarian, Aquilent, Inc., NLM Specialized Information Services Division
12:00pm Lunch (On your own)
1:30pm Belfor Property Restoration Services
Kurt Daviscourt, General Managaer, Belfor Property Restoration
1:45pm Panel: Cultural Competency Issues in Disaster Response
Rodolfo Hurtado, Viva Hispanic Foundation; Hendrika Meischke, Professor, Health Services, University of Washington; Mei Po Yip, Acting Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, University of Washington
2:45pm Coordinating The Healthcare And Public Health Response
Jennifer Chi, Northwest Health Care Response Network
3:30pm Breakout Sessions
4:30pm Wrap-up and Evaluations
Special thanks to Belfor for their participation in this event!
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00008-C with the University of Washington.

NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Here are some of the disaster information outlets offered by DIMRC:

The National Library of Medicine(NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) provides tools & resources around disaster medicine & public health. For daily news bytes, follow DIMRC on twitter at!/NLM_DIMRC. If you are looking for a more in-depth review of items, subscribe to the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv

You can find a listing of NLM social media tools on the “Follow, Fan and Connect with NLM” page

Bed Bugs and Libraries

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Thanks to Charniel McDaniels, Network Coordinator at GMR, for notifying us of this issue …

Looks like bed bugs have impacted library collections and services. In 2009, 31 rare books, infected with bed bugs, had to be destroyed after they were returned to the Denver Public Library. (Click on this URL for a news report: In November 2010, the Riverhead Free Library in New York State was closed for two days after bed bugs were detected in a chair by an insect-sniffing dog. (Click on this URL for a news report:

Please let us know if your library has experienced any bed bug issues. We’d also like to share any policies or procedures that have been developed regarding bed bugs.