Archive for the ‘Disaster / Emergency Preparedness’ Category
Friday, March 6th, 2015
Save the Date! NLM’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) will have a very special presentation at their April 9th webinar from Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation. He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”
Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups. Among his many accomplishments, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi. Ushahidi made major contributions during the Haiti earthquake response through deploying its innovative crowdsourcing platform.
Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Read more about Patrick at http://irevolution.net/bio
This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing. More information about logging into this webinar will be posted at: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html
Monday, February 23rd, 2015
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks candidates with experience in program coordination and health information policy for a Supervisory Librarian to lead our Regional Medical Library program.
If you are interested in this position, we strongly encourage you to attend our informational webinar on February 23, 2015 from 3 – 4 pm (ET).
Click here to register
The Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among libraries in the Network.
The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of biomedical information provision, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for the provision of access to medical information in emergency and disaster situations (national and international). The Head also advises on public health information policy issues related to programs conducted throughout the Network.
NLM is in the process of transitioning our agreements with the Regional Medical Libraries from a contract funding mechanism to a grant cooperative agreement. The Head will serve as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the organizations awarded these cooperative agreements.
As a supervisory librarian at the GS-15 level, the position has a salary range of $126,245-$158,700, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.
NLM will begin accepting applications for this position in early March. At that time, we will release a second announcement with a link to the actual application.
We hope that you will consider applying for this exciting leadership opportunity.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Friday, February 20th, 2015
March 8, 2015
The American Public Health Association “Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks” campaign provides free emergency preparedness tools and resources to share on social media, your website, or in your community: http://getreadyforflu.org/clocksstocks/
Friday, February 20th, 2015
FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division
PrepareAthon! Day of Action is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. The spring PrepareAthon! Day, April 30th, is approaching. It will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for six specific hazards: earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, and winter storms.
Find ways to participate in a national discussion and set up activities in your community: http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/AmericasPrepareathon
Find information from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center website to support your PrepareAthon! events: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasters.html
Friday, February 13th, 2015
You have a unique opportunity to affect the future of the National Library of Medicine. As Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg retires after 30 years as director of NLM, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a “Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine.” The group’s charge and members: http://www.nih.gov/about/director/02032015_working-group_nlm.htm.
Consider responding to this time-sensitive NIH Request for Information (RFI), soliciting input into the deliberations of the working group of the advisory committee to the NIH Director. This is a very important opportunity to contribute feedback of the value of the National Library of Medicine, and to directly influence the future of this organization.
Your response must be submitted electronically at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/rfi.cfm?ID=41, and will ONLY be accepted through March 13, 2015.
Please share this information with colleagues and friends who might wish to respond with thoughts about how the NLM, and especially the collections, programs, and resources, have contributed to their research, teaching, education, and professional development.
Friday, February 13th, 2015
Presenter: Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
Date / Time: March 5th / 10 am – Noon (ET)
Summary: This class examines strategies to assist librarians with preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. It was created to follow the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning class. Topics include identifying strategies for continuing library services during the emergency; disaster planning models; types of resources available for emergency planning and recovery; relationships with first responders, vendors, and other libraries; and issues related to salvage: http://cech.mlanet.org/node/442 and http://cech.mlanet.org/node/442. 2 MLA CEs.
Monday, February 9th, 2015
This guide was prepared to help governors and other state leaders prepare to play their roles in disaster response in advance of an emergency that involves mass evacuations. The guide covers important elements such as knowing the extent of authority, coordinating with nonprofits and volunteer organizations, establishing shelters, training, and reentry issues: http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/GovGuideMassEvacuation.pdf
Director of Emergency Management Operations
Emergency Management~Enterprise Resilience
NYU Langone Medical Center
Monday, February 9th, 2015
Recently two blog posts were published on the various roles humanitarians play during disasters. Both of these posts provide details of work done by humanitarians that make use of disaster information management skills. One post includes an infographic that details the types of skills a humanitarian data scientist needs, such as data management, humanitarian business, information management and more. This post ends with a link to free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that corresponded to the skills listed in the infographic.
The second posts focused on the work digital humanitarians are doing in the response to the Ebola outbreak including verifying, updating and geo-tagging mapping data. Take a few moments to read these blog posts, and consider how your skills fit with this work.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Presenter: Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
Date / Time: February 20th / 2 – 3 pm (ET)
Summary: This class covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for 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.
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Fifteen years ago, measles was considered eliminated from the United States. However, in recent weeks the number of people infected with measles has gone up to 78 since an outbreak in California’s Disneyland. In 2014 alone there were 644 reported cases in the United States. Many of those infected were never vaccinated for various reasons. One of the primary reasons is parent’s fear or concerns regarding the measles vaccine. Many people may not realize the devastating effects measles can have and therefore do not fear the disease but tend to fear the vaccine due to hearing about possible side effects and reports of its link to Autism which more recent research has disputed
According to the Center for Disease Control, measles is a very contagious disease. It remains active in the air and on surfaces up to 2 hours. Generally, symptoms appear about 7-14 days after exposure and often with cough, runny nose, fever, and watery eyes. Two to three days after first symptoms begin, white spots appear inside the mouth. Following that, a rash begins, starting at the head and spreading down to the rest of the body, usually appearing about 3-5 days from the first signs of being sick. Serious complications from measles can include pneumonia and encephalitis, which can lead to long-term deafness or brain damage. There is no known cure for measles.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Family Physicians highly recommend that children get the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine at age 12 to 15 months and again at 4 to 6 years. This two dose method is considered the best method in protecting against measles, mumps, and rubella.
The most common side effects of the MMR vaccine are fever and a mild rash. The MMR, like any substance, can have side effects some of which can be serious. However, the risks of serious side effects is very small. The effects of measles is much more dangerous.
For more information and questions about measles and the MMR vaccine:
- Contact your local or state health department
- Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO)
- MedlinePlus page on the MMR vaccine or measles
- CDC page on the MMR vaccine or measles
It is important to keep records of vaccinations. This information is often needed for school, sports, travel, and child care. Keeping track of vaccinations is made easier with the CDC charts for children from birth to 6 years old and a chart for children ages 7-18 as well as general vaccination information for parents.