EOA 2015-2016: Improving Response Capabilities of Northern Nevada Emergency Management Specialists through Critical Information Access
This proposal reflects a partnership between the Savitt Medical Library of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the Washoe County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. This office serves as a focal point for over 50 different regional jurisdictions and agencies encompassing public health, hospitals, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire services, public works, tribal nations, transportation, and government administration. It is also responsible for management of the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) that coordinates system-wide efforts of first responders to prevent, mitigate, and recover from all threats, hazards and emergencies. This project aims to improve the capacity of first responders in determining situational status, coordinating response activities, and making critical decisions during emergency and disaster situations. The scope of work is directed at improving access to disaster medicine information in the Washoe county region by developing a web enabled directory of disaster medicine subject specialists; creating a well organized clearinghouse of important disaster medicine resources; and providing training in finding disaster medicine information through federal and regional databases and related tools. Project deliverables will also include a streamlined collection of regional emergency plans and quick response guides to disaster medicine resources designed to run natively on mobile devices should Internet access be curtailed during emergencies.