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***Disaster Search Strategies***

Medical Librarian Robin Featherstone has created a blog in which she shares search strategies on topics related to disaster medicine and public health preparedness.  Topics on the blog include “Disaster planning and patient classification”, “Ethics of Relief Work”, “Campus Safety”, “Bioterrorism”, and a search strategy for general disaster medicine journals.  You can sign up for an RSS feed to be alerted whenever a new topic search string is added.

***September is National Preparedness Month!***

Free Emergency Preparedness Brochures, Posters & Publications

Place orders for events during National Preparedness Month as soon as possible.  The shipment of publications and brochures from the FEMA distribution warehouse usually takes four to six weeks, with standard shipping. An order placed today should arrive around the end of August.  These materials will be great resources for librarians and others to distribute at events or in their communities!

Order materials:

***Flat Stanley and Flat Stella Join FEMA***

Make sure and “meet” the latest FEMA employees, Flat Stanley and Flat Stella.  They will be going on adventures to help kids learn more about emergency preparedness.  This is a great public relations idea.  Perhaps you can ask them to come tour your library or work place.  Or create your own Stella and Stanley characters and develop your own outreach project! (

***New FEMA Course: IS-42 Social Media in Emergency Management****

The purpose of this course is to provide the participants with best practices including tools, techniques and a basic roadmap to build capabilities in the use of social media technologies in their own emergency management organizations (state, local, tribal) in order to further their emergency response missions.

***New in the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health***

Operational Templates and Guidance for EMS Mass Incident Deployment
U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)

This guide is intended to provide information to local-level Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and fire departments on how to better integrate their emergency preparedness

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