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GMR Preparedness and Response

MLA Disaster Information Specialization

The Medical Library Association (MLA) provides a certificate for taking disaster information courses, MLA Disaster Information Specialization.

Track your training on the NLM Learning Center.

Other Resources

Other Resources

In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning

A new, self-paced course developed for NLM by Dan Wilson, the former coordinator for the NNLM Emergency Preparedness Initiative. This online course defines and describes COOP planning and why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan. Take the course.

Midwest Flooding Resources

 From the National Library of Medicine

Aimed at the Professional Workforce:

Aimed at the General Public:

Additional Resources

  • USGS Flood Information: Today's Flood Conditions
  • Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Topic Collection: Utility Failures (e.g. blackouts, potable water) 
  • U.S. Health and Human Services HHS emPOWER Map 3.0 gives every public health official, emergency manager, hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, territory, county, and ZIP Code
  • Healthcare Ready RX Open Map indicates pharmacies open during a disaster during which time the page will be activated.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
    • Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Text TalkWithUs to 66746; Use your preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990; TTY 1-800-846-8517
    • Spanish Speakers: Call 1-800-985-5990 and press "2"; From the 50 States, text Hablanos to 66746; From Puerto Rico, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663 (en Español)


Plain Language Checklist 

The Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently developed a plain language checklist to help emergency responders provide services to individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with disabilities during response and recovery efforts. The checklist includes recommendations, specific action steps, and resources to assist first responders in providing on-the-ground language assistance and communicating effectively in disasters.  Practical tips range from how to identify language needs in a disaster-impacted community to effectively utilizing interpreters. This 2-page checklist synthesizes essential information that responders need to know. It is now available on Disaster Lit.