From the Disaster Information Management Research Center:
Do you have some down time as 2016 comes to a close? Or maybe you made a resolution way back in January that you would learn something new this year? We have a suggestion for how to end 2016 with a flourish!
The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.
The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:
- Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_thebasics.html
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.
- US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_usresponse.html
This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.
- Information Roles in Disaster Management https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_inforoles.html
This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.
Two additional courses are available online, at no cost, from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:
- IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is700a.asp
This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
- IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100 http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is100b.asp
This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.
Finish 2016 feeling prepared for the new and exciting challenges that 2017 will bring! Learn more at https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/trainingresources.html