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Updated Online CE’s Now Available for the Disaster Information Specialization

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC):

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:

  • Information Roles in Disaster Management 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, (more…)

Getting Back to Normal: A Virtual Tabletop Exercise in Disaster Preparation (March 17)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

On March 17 at 10:00am -11:30am PST, the NN/LM PNR will host a virtual tabletop exercise that will feature a scenario based on a major disaster. The disaster will impact the entire Northwest, disrupting the normal state of being in your community. Which disaster will strike? Attend the virtual tabletop exercise to find out! (more…)

Wildfire Crisis in Washington State Highlights the Need for Emergency Communications with Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA), which works to promote collaborations to ensure language access for Limited English Proficient individuals in Washington State, received a PNR Professional Development Award. The purpose of the award was to support a presentation stressing the importance of language in emergency communications, such as wildfires, at the 2015 WASCLA Summit. Here is their report.

By Joana Ramos, Co-Chair, Washington State Coalition for Language Access

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On the podium with Lillian McDonald is Mark Stewart, Communications Consultant for the WA Emergency Management , who also spoke.

The unusually hot and dry summer of in the entire Pacific Northwest 2015 will go down in the record books for several reasons, from its early start in June, to the number and intensity of wildfires it triggered mostly in the Central part of Washington. Just like in the 2014 fire season, many of this year’s fires occurred on forest and agricultural lands located in and around the areas known as Washington’s 10 Latino counties — Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, Skagit, Walla Walla, and Yakima—where Latinos are a large part of the population, and the majority in two counties (Adams and Franklin). Language assistance needs in the impacted areas were critical: while the average LEP rate in Washington is close to 9%, current data shows that among Spanish-speaking residents, rates of limited English proficiency range from 13-50% or more. Communication needs in these areas were not limited only to Spanish: increasing numbers of area residents speak only indigenous languages of the Americas, plus there are contingents of seasonal guest workers from various countries including those in Africa and Asia. As a result of the situation, the Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA) soon became aware that there was no dedicated plan in place at the state level to meet the communication needs of the significant population with limited English proficiency (LEP) during emergencies.

While we responded to requests for help relating to securing needed language services in the moment, we also were actively considering the bigger picture long-range. Our upcoming Language Access Summit in October would offer an ideal opportunity to focus on the issue of emergency communications, a new topic for us.

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Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.  Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on our NLM Disaster Health home page. https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov (more…)

Make 2016 the Year of Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

When setting your goals for the year ahead, why not include emergency or disaster preparedness? By tackling the preparation activities over several weeks — whether it’s a trip to the grocery or hardware store, making copies of valuable information, or agreeing on a plan with relatives—you can make be more prepared in 2016. The first post in this series on emergency and disaster preparedness focuses on preparedness at home and with family. (more…)

NLM’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Site Redesigned

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) site has been redesigned.  REMM now includes a more modern banner, a refreshed color palette and font style, and a new navigation system.

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