Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Pacific Northwest Region
To help mitigate the impact of disasters on healthcare providers and their patients, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has developed and oversees an emergency preparedness and response plan to help network members maintain their information services in the event of a disaster. For state specific emergency information, see the "Office of Emergency Management Contact Information by State" section below.
LATEST PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION DISASTER
Governor Walker, State of Alaska, issued a verbal disaster declaration on December 1, 2018, in response to the November 30, 2018 earthquake that shook Southcentral Alaska. At Governor Walker’s request, President Trump issued a Federal Emergency Declaration to assist local, state, and non‐government response and recovery efforts.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has compiled resources to assist with response to and recovery from the earthquake. Information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted Federal, state, and local governments and organizations.
Key National Resources
- NLM Earthquakes: Health Information Guide
- Content syndication—embed the content of this page on your own website, to get automatic updates and new resources
- NLM Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events
- Disaster Distress Helpline (HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 toll-free, or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor
- American Red Cross Safe & Well Registry – let friends and family know you’re safe and well in an event of a disaster.
- Facebook Safety Check
Key Alaska Resources
- Alaska Department of Health and Human Services
- Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities November 30, 2018 Earthquake Assessment Updates
- State of Emergency Declaration (pdf, 102 KB rev. December 1, 2018)
Key Earthquake Resources
- Search NLM Disaster Lit database
- Search Pubmed
- Major Earthquakes & Cascading Events: Potential Health and Medical Implications
· The Natural Disasters Topic Collection contains earthquake-specific lessons learned and plans, tools, and templates. It includes the same information for tsunamis (lessons learned, plans, tools and templates).
· Other related resources:
- Healthcare Facility Evacuation/Sheltering
- On-Scene Mass Casualty Triage and Trauma Care
- NLM DIMRC Alaska Earthquake Twitter list
Four Things You Can Do Right Now
1. Memorize 1-206-543-8262.
This is the NNLM Emergency Assistance Number and will connect you to the Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library. Call this number whenever disaster strikes and your local resources/plans are unable to keep your core services available, so we can help implement the response plan.
2. Develop and maintain a disaster plan.
Even a little preparation, using simplified approaches, can substantially increase your ability to respond and recover from a disaster. For example, have you identified the unique resources you have and where they are located so you know what you must save when recovery time is limited?
3. Identify a back-up library.
Develop a relationship with a partner library and create a formal or informal mutual understanding of what will help if disaster strikes.
4. Get to know your Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator
Cathy Burroughs (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Director, is the contact person in the Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library for emergency preparedness and response. State Coordinators, listed below, will also assume roles within their respective state.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources
Handouts and Brochures
- Disaster Struck – Now What?: Emergency Response Plan for Network Members (tri-fold brochure, 49 KB, rev: Jan 9, 2013)
- Tips for Finding a "Buddy" Library (handout, 28 KB, rev: Mar 12, 2013)
- Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources: from the National Library of Medicine (flyer, 1.92 MB, rev. February 3, 2012)
- NLM: History of Medicine Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize, Salvage, and Recover Collections in a Water Emergency
- NLM: Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
- Disasterassistance.gov - provides information about how people can get help from the U.S. Government before, during, and after a disaster.
- Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography and much more from the American Library Association. A resource for libraries of all sizes and types.
- MLA Disaster Information Specialization Program: including online course opportunities
- Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) is a regional library and archives preservation service new in 2007. Its initial goal is to deliver education and training workshops on disaster preparedness, response, and collection salvage to staff of libraries and archives in 14 participating states and territories. Disaster Assistance consultation is available by calling 888-905-7737.
- The Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Training program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills.
Office of Emergency Management
Contact Information by State
Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
P.O. Box 5750
Fort Richardson, AK 99505-5750
Phone: (907) 428-7000
Fax: (907) 428-7009
Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security
4040 Guard Street, Building 600
Boise, ID 83705-5004
(208) 422-3040 Main Office
(208) 422-3044 Fax
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Department of State Police
PO Box 14370
Salem, Oregon 97309-5062
(503) 373-7833 FAX
State of Washington Emergency Management Division
Building 20, M/S: TA-20
Camp Murray, Washington 98430-5122
(253) 512-7200 FAX
Main Switchboard 1-800-562-6108
More Contact Information
PNR Libraries Emergency Preparedness Coordinators by State
Oregon - Open
Oregon Health and Science University Library,
Pacific Northwest Disasters
As part of your planning process, consider preparing for various types of hazards that can occur in the Pacific Northwest. Some examples include avalanche, flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption, chemical or radiological release, urban fires, pipeline failure, and dam failure. This white paper details the NNLM PNR's approach in 2008 to creating a plan to assist hospital librarians in emergency preparedness and includes methods, photos, promotional items and sample MOUs.
Emergency Prepardness White Paper