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Active Shooter: Healthcare Evolution in Risk & Response

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!

REMM Website Updates

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 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)

Back-to-School Updates for NLM K-12 Resources

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Specific Populations Branch:

School is back in session, and you can learn about the latest updates to K-12 educational resources from the National Library of Medicine i the most recent edition of the Education Connection Newsletter. The August edition of the newsletter includes articles on:

For even more K-12 health and science education resources, check out the NLM Outreach homepage!

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Hermine?

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Weather reports are calling for Hurricane Hermine to possibly cause flooding and damage in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast over the course of the Labor Day weekend, and possibly into next week. In response to the recent severe flooding in Louisiana, the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) has updated the pertinent resource guides on hurricanes and floods. Here you will find information from all major government organizations on safety and health issues related to preparing for, and coping with, these natural disasters.

In addition, you can embed the content from these pages on your own website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. This will ensure that any updates made to DIMRC pages will carry through to your website as well.

Hurricane Information Resource Guide / Embed

Flood Information Resource Guide / Embed

Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

For more information on evacuation procedures and emergency health concerns in your area, contact your local state or federal emergency management agencies.


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National Preparedness Month

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

September is National Preparedness Month. MAR and the National Library of Medicine have classes to help you get your home, workplace and community prepared for emergencies.


Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations:
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe
Monday, September 19, 2016  2-3:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

NN/LM Resource Picks: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Lunch with the RML: Celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month with MAR Emergency Preparedness Project Reports
Thursday, September 29, 2016 noon-1:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Self-paced courses:

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources
Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today. For more information on National Preparedness Month, follow #NatlPrep on Twitter and visit:

Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations Webinar

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

When: Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET

The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone. In this upcoming session:

Tania Bardyn and her team from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library will present about their current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division, developed a mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington) to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington State. This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. Also, Sarah Carnes, a virtual intern with the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, will present about her project “Design and Delivery of an Outreach Strategy to Increase Awareness of Disaster Information Resources.”


New webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites you to join us for a new bimonthly webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks. Every two months, we will highlight National Library of Medicine resources. Learn about NLM resources directly from NN/LM and NLM staff!

First up:

Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!

September 28, 2016 3-4pm ET


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.

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center

Updated Self-Paced Disaster Information Specialization Courses

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

One of the core competencies of disaster medicine is knowing how to “identify authoritative sources for information in a disaster or public health emergency” (Source: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health). Librarians and information professionals with this competency can support their communities with high-quality information throughout the disaster cycle of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The National Library of Medicine has developed a series of courses with an emphasis on disaster health information. NLM is updating the courses now and formatting them for self-paced study online.

Two updated courses are now available (see below). These courses meet the requirements for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization, as well as core competencies for public health professionals and others through the Public Health Foundation’s learning management system, TRAIN.

By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. This self-paced course introduces key sources from the National Library of Medicine, federal and nonfederal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information are covered.

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources
This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of National Library of Medicine resources and tools that provide health-related information to support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.

World Humanitarian Day

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Today, August 19, 2016, we honor humanitarian aid workers who stand on the front lines and deliver assistance to those in need.

Are you a humanitarian aid worker? Check out the Center for Disease Control (CDC) section on traveler’s health, with a special page dedicated to humanitarian aid workers. Here you will find a vast collection of resources for travelers of all types, including health notices, updates on the latest vaccines, and mobile apps to aid in your international journeys.

For resources on disaster relief, visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). Here you will find information on all types of disasters, emergency response tools, and training courses available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

For more information on World Humanitarian Day, visit:

Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

When disasters strike, the ripple effects are significant. Survivors may be injured or displaced, or may have loved ones in similar situations. Healthcare providers and staff who maintain facility operations are no exception, and yet they are a critical component of the response phase and expected to care not only for their own loved ones, but community members and the facility, too.  Leadership plays a vital role in ensuring staff feel cared for and safe. The ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) just released Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster, providing general promising practices—categorized by immediate and short-term needs—for facility executives to consider when trying to retain and care for staff after a disaster.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact ASPR TRACIE.