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Archive for the ‘Disaster / Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks Emergency Preparedness Campaign

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:

America’s PrepareAthon

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:

Find information from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center website to support your PrepareAthon! events:

Opportunity to Affect the Future of the National Library of Medicine

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:

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, 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.

Disaster Planning in the Library and Beyond

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: and 2 MLA CEs.

Governor’s Guide to Mass Evacuations

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

Samuel Benson

Director of Emergency Management Operations

Emergency Management~Enterprise Resilience

NYU Langone Medical Center

Disaster Information Roles in Humanitarian Response

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.

Are You Ready? Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Health Information Resources for Families and the Community

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.

Measles and Vaccinations

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.

NLM Teleconference to Report on RFI and New Funding Mechanism for 2016-2021

Monday, January 26th, 2015

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) ( can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information.  Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements.  This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects.  A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015.

Join NLM in a teleconference to hear about the responses to the RFI and learn about Cooperative Agreements:

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / 4 pm (ET)
  • Teleconference Number:  1-888-450-5996
  • Participant Passcode: 662939

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

UN Releases Ebola-Info Sharing App

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The United Nations International Telecommunication Union has released the “Ebola-Info-Sharing” mobile App. The app offers access to the latest Ebola news from official sources, including an interactive map on Ebola. It also facilitates coordination among organizations responding to the Ebola crisis through a password protected feature that allows users to store and share useful contact information and participate in a discussion forum.


Link to Google Play: