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Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Pacific Northwest Region

To help mitigate the impact of disasters on healthcare providers and their patients, the Network of the National Library 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.


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

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

Key Alaska Resources

Key Earthquake Resources

Social Media

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 (, 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

Web Links

Training Opportunities

State Resources

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

Montana Disaster & Emergency Services
Telephone: 406-324-4777

Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Department of State Police
PO Box 14370
Salem, Oregon 97309-5062
(503) 378-2911
(503) 373-7833 FAX

State of Washington Emergency Management Division
Building 20, M/S: TA-20
Camp Murray, Washington 98430-5122
(253) 512-7000
(253) 512-7200 FAX
Main Switchboard 1-800-562-6108
More Contact Information

PNR Libraries Emergency Preparedness Coordinators by State

Alaska - Kathy Murray
University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library,
Anchorage, AK

Idaho - Molly Montgomery
Idaho State University- Meridian,
Meridian, ID

Montana - Mary Anne Hansen
Montana State University - Bozeman,
Bozeman, MT

Oregon - Open
Oregon Health and Science University Library,
Portland, OR

Washington - Annanaomi Sams
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
Richland, WA

NNLM Pacific Northwest Region - Cathy Burroughs (Interim)
NNLM, Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library,
Seattle, WA

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