Archive for the ‘Disaster / Emergency Preparedness’ Category
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing US health professionals with equal access to biomedical information, and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. In line with this, coordinators with NNLM promote programs and resources created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies.
NNLM has developed many programs to promote the wealth of biomedical and health information tools available through these agencies, but as a consumer, health professional, librarian, or public health worker, you may be wondering how you can find even more resources that are tailored to your specific needs. Fortunately, our coordinators have met this challenge in the creation of NNLM Resource Guides.
Guides serve as comprehensive online collections of resources and tools that are relevant to specific audiences or topics. Across the Network we have over 40 Guides on a wide range of topics from general consumer health to emergency preparedness, to evaluating health information on the internet.
Here are a few Guides created and maintained by coordinators in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR):
- Academic Libraries – for librarians, professionals, and students at the collegiate level
- Consumer Health – resources on a variety of topics such as adult and teen health, educators, caregivers, multicultural and more
- Disaster & Emergency Preparedness – including resources on developing an emergency response plan, and state contacts for disaster management
- Health Outreach and Programming – learn how to integrate health information resources into your own programming
- Health Professionals – resources for rural health, public health workers, minority health workers, and more
- Hospital Libraries – resources for hospital librarians and health professionals
- K-12 Resources – resources on a variety of topics for K-12 educators, administrators and nurses, including environmental health and genetics
- Multicultural Resources – topics surrounding immigrant, refugee and other multi-cultural populations including multi-lingual resources and minority health
- Free Materials – a guide to finding free materials online from reputable government and non-government agencies
- Proposal Writing – a tool for planning, evaluating and writing your grants and proposals
Looking for more? Contact NNLM MAR for consultations and to learn about upcoming opportunities for training, or check out other Regions to find the rest of our online Resource Guides.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
The Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Delaware Division of Libraries are sponsoring a summit at Dover Downs, Delaware.
Disaster Recovery for Delaware: Exploring Potential Partnerships Among Emergency Planners, First Responders, Librarians and Others
February 28, 2017, 8:30 am – 4 pm ET
Agenda and Registration
The intent of this state-wide event is to connect library staff with emergency planners to help communities bounce back more quickly following a natural or man-made disaster. The focus is on developing partnerships and strategies before an emergency happens. Emergency responders will speak on ways libraries can assist them in mitigation and preparedness, response and recovery. An education component will incorporate National Library of Medicine resources, focusing on health and disaster information, to support responders and the community; and library staff. We will explore what it means for a library to be a ‘second responder’ for their respective emergency planning and patron communities.
The summit will be of interest to emergency planners, first responders, librarians, and organizations involved with disaster planning, response, and/or recovery.
Registration will close on Monday, February 20th. For more information, contact Michelle Burda.
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations branch:
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:
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Join America’s PrepareAthon, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), on Thursday, December 15th at 2pm ET for a Twitter Chat focusing on winter safety. This chat will be used to discuss storm terms, winter driving tips, winter supplies for your emergency kit, and how to heat your home safely. Follow and participate in the chat on Twitter, using the hashtag #WinterSafety.
For more resources on winter safety, visit:
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has updated its online toxicology tutorial, ToxTutor. ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology.
For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject.
ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year.
ToxTutor is produced by the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) of the National Library of Medicine.
Younger students (ages 7-11) can also get a basic introduction to toxic household chemicals through the interactive game ToxMystery!
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
NN/LM Resource Picks is a bimonthly webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities. Several of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine offices are combining efforts to feature resource experts from NLM for this national webinar series.
Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 3pm ET
Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center
Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to
- learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
- take action to increase preparedness
- participate in community resilience planning
The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”
The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.
AIDSource and AIDSInfo Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 3pm ET
PubMed Update Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 3pm ET
History of Medicine Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3pm ET
Drug Information Portal Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 3pm ET
PubMed Health Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 3pm ET
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Check out these NN/LM MAR classes that are coming up in the next few weeks!
Boost Box: Health Promotion through Health Observances in Your Community
When: Friday, September 16, 12-1PM ET
Health Promotion focuses on enabling communities to have the tools to improve their health. In this session learn about a variety of health and wellness tools that can be used to provide members of your community with strategies of how to maintain healthy lifestyles using health observances to create a culture of health awareness. Through the use of National Health Observances, community and faith-based agencies, health departments, libraries, schools and health care providers can help raise awareness about important health topics. Get ready for the 2017 calendar year now by learning about ready-to-use resources such as toolkits, slideshows, social media materials and more.
Participants will receive 1 MLA CE. Details and Registration
Are You Ready? Essential Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe
When: Monday, September 19, 2-3PM ET
This class covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators,family, friends and caregivers. Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted. Audience: consumers, public and consumer health librarians, pre-hospital responders, health care professionals, first-responders or disaster preparedness administrators.
1 MLA CE Contact Hours. Details and Registration
Health On the Range: Rural Health Issues and Resources
When: Wednesday September 21, 3PM ET
Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to use in service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.
Participants receive 2 MLA CE. Details and Registration
NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Science and Health Education Resources
Focus on resources for Elementary School: Thursday, September 22, 4PM ET
Focus on resources for Middle/High School: Thursday, September 29, 4PM ET
This class will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS. This course has been approved for 1, 2, or 3 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association.
The online course is approved for 3 MLA CEs. This course qualifies for MLA Level 1 and Level 2 CHIS. Details and Registration
NN/LM Resource Picks: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!
When: Wednesday, September 28, 3PM ET
NN/LM Resource Picks is a bi-monthly webinar series highlighting National Library of Medicine Resources. In this session, learn about Disaster Preparedness from Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC).
Details and Registration
Lunch with the RML: Celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month with MAR Emergency Preparedness Project Reports
When: Thursday, September 29, 12-1PM ET
In celebration of National Emergency Preparedness Month, this session will highlight 4 MAR funded emergency preparedness projects:
- Emergency Preparedness for Libraries and Communities in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties: Presented by Anja Bouchard, Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System
- Public Library Emergency Preparedness and Participation in Community Level Disaster Response in Lancaster County Pennsylvania: Presented by Ed Miller, Stephanie Zimmerman and Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, Library System of Lancaster County
- Libraries as Lifeboats: Communities in Crisis: Presented by Rebecca Budinger-Mulhearn, Avon Free Library
- The First 72 are on You: Prepare, Respond and Recover: Presented by James Farrell, Pearl River Public Library
Details and Registration
Visit the NN/LM MAR training schedule for more training opportunities.
Friday, September 9th, 2016
Summer is over, and it is time to get serious about disaster health. September includes several major events:
- Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
- A new preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers
- National Preparedness Month, which concludes with the National PrepareAthon
Health effects of the September 11, 2001 Attacks
Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The NLM Disaster Health information guide for Health Effects from the Collapse of the World Trade Center has been recently updated with a Disaster Lit® search and new resources from the Federal Register, USGS, NIOSH, and the CDC World Trade Center Health Program.
New emergency preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid
On September 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized their Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The new rule ensures that affected health care providers and suppliers plan adequately for both natural and man-made disasters, in order to increase patient safety and establish a more coordinated disaster response. The providers and suppliers will need to meet four common industry standards: develop an emergency plan, implement policies and procedures based on the plan, maintain a communication plan, and maintain training and testing programs, including drills and exercises.
There are 30+ resources in Disaster Lit® related to Medicare and Medicaid, and ASPR TRACIE has more resources and technical assistance on the new rule.
National Preparedness Month
We are already at the end of week two—how have you been observing National Preparedness Month? The 2016 theme is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Ready.gov and CDC suggest weekly themes as reminders to take different types of action toward preparedness. Here at NLM Disaster Health, we’ve paired some of our best preparedness resources with the weekly themes:
Week 2: Preparing Family & Friends: Week 2 is almost over, but our Community and Personal Preparedness page is relevant throughout the month—and the year. Don’t forget your furry, feathered, and scaly friends when you prepare. Meanwhile, this week the CDC focuses on the critical role of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).
Week 3: Preparing Through Service: This week, focus on serving your larger community. Think about what your community can do to help prepare the very young, the very old, the disabled, and others with special needs. Meanwhile, the CDC suggests we learn more about what state and local health departments can do to be prepared.
Week 4: Individual Preparedness: Ready.gov suggests downloading disaster apps to your mobile devices. This would be a good week to check out our list of Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag. The CDC proposes studying what resilient communities have in common.
Week 5: Lead up to America’s PrepareAthon: As National Preparedness Month draws to a close, Ready.gov suggests you “be counted and register your preparedness event.” Consider listening to an archived NLM Disaster Health webinar in which librarians and other information specialists discuss their roles in the disaster life cycle. The CDC reminds us this week to prepare ourselves—just in time for America’s PrepareAthon on Friday, September 30.
What are you planning? Share your ideas and resources—and search for others’—on social media using the hashtag #NatlPrep.
Friday, September 9th, 2016
When: Friday, September 16, 1-2PM ET
Hospitals and healthcare organizations are facing the very real threat of active shooters or violence in the workplace. Join this webinar and learn about updated IAHSS hospital violence studies, Run-Hide-Fight training, and rapid notification considerations. Reserve Your Spot Today!
Friday, September 9th, 2016
From the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC):
The Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Website Team is proud to announce a major content update for August 2016.
Since REMM’s last major content and design update in September 2015, significant content updates include but are not limited to the following:
- Major update to the Myeloid Cytokines page reflecting FDA approval of a new drug for neutropenia. This was accompanied by required changes to
- Major update to the Potassium Iodide page, reflecting FDA guidance on liquid countermeasures for children and other prescribing information.
- Major update to the Planners page, including reorganized references to the National Response Framework
- Update to the retrospective assessment of dose information on the software tools page
- Update of HHS information including TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange)