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GMR Preparedness and Response

Hardin Library

National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
600 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242
GMR contact: Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian

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Are You Prepared?

NNLM GMR provides assistance to our members in preparing for, and responding to, disasters or localized emergencies. GMR staff are available to assist with emergency preparedness and response activities, from risk assessment to training and developing a disaster plan.

This guide serves as an online collection of resources and tools that are relevant to disaster and emergency preparedness. If you would like to learn more about emergency preparedness resources, or explore training opportunities that are available through NNLM, please contact us! We are here to assist you in learning about the wealth of biomedical and health information available through the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

 


Plain Language Checklist 

The Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently developed a plain language checklist to help emergency responders provide services to individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with disabilities during response and recovery efforts. The checklist includes recommendations, specific action steps, and resources to assist first responders in providing on-the-ground language assistance and communicating effectively in disasters.  Practical tips range from how to identify language needs in a disaster-impacted community to effectively utilizing interpreters. This 2-page checklist synthesizes essential information that responders need to know. It is now available on Disaster Lit.
 


Winter Weather Emergencies

Did you know that HealthReach provides information about winter storms, extreme cold, and watches and warnings in multiple languages, including English, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Simplified (Mandarin dialect), French, Nepali, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese? Formats include documents, videos, and audio. We all need to be prepared!