Disaster Health Info Outreach: MEDICOR Disaster Health Info Portal
The Spokane Medical Library will develop a separate portal within its Web-based MEDICOR electronic library system. The new portal will store and deliver disaster health, preparedness and recovery information. Content will focus on, and be readily accessible to, a large population of physicians, first responders and other health care professionals locally in the greater Spokane area, and secondarily throughout eastern Washington. The main objective of this project will be to increase the awareness, access and utilization of high-quality, professional-level medical and public health information resources on disaster preparedness, response and recovery; including all-hazards (both minor and high-risk) as well as other emergency topics. Local, regional and national resources will be highly organized and immediately accessible within the Medicor Disaster Health portal, including many resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other governmental agencies. The project leader will work closely with the Emergency Preparedness team at the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), staff at the Spokane County Department of Emergency Management , and members, consultants and staff of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM/PNR )to identify pertinent, authoritative information (including an extensive collection of library-related disaster resources). The MEDICOR portal will serve as a permanent, frequently updated storage and retrieval location for this important information, will be publicized widely within the region, and will be freely accessible to anyone through guest access.