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 (NN/LM) 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.

Four Things You Can Do Right Now

1. Memorize 1-800-DEV-ROKS (1-800-338-7657).

This is the toll-free NN/LM 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? The NN/LM Disaster Ready Initiative  can help you identify key elements of a disaster plan.

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. Use the Sample Mutual Aid Agreement on the 10 Steps Workshop Materials section of the Initiative.

4. Get to know your Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator
Emily Glenn (eglenn2@uw.edu), Community Health Outreach Coordinator, 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.

State Resources

PNR Libraries Emergency Preparedness Coordinators by State

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
E-mail: dhs&em_emergency_mgmt@ak-prepared.com

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
Monique Lay
Telephone: (406) 841-3911
E-mail: mlay@mt.gov

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

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources

Handouts and Brochures

Web Links

Training Opportunities

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 NN/LM 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 Preparedness White Paper