Emergency Preparedness & Response
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 is overseeing an emergency preparedness and response plan to help Network members maintain their information services in the event of a disaster.
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Pacific Southwest Disasters
As part of your planning process, we are asking you to consider preparing for various types of hazards that can occur in the Pacific Southwest. Some examples include flood, earthquake, chemical release and fire. Refer to your state's Emergency Management Office for further information.
The effectiveness of the plan depends on the participation of a range of players, from individual Network members, through the eight Regional Medical Library (RML) offices, to the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The structure is designed to provide a game plan that starts with preparedness and continues through emergency response.
Initially, the plan will focus on hospital and academic medical center libraries to assist them to develop emergency response/disaster plans suitable to their environments. The RML will also facilitate having Network member libraries establish back-up relationships with libraries who can help maintain services during a disaster. Participating libraries are strongly encouraged to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with their back-up library that specifies what services will be provided and how the relationship will function.
Emergency response planning presents a strategy for communicating among Network members and the RML office before and during an emergency. There are strategies for providing essential services among Network members (based on the preparedness plans), as well as assigning responsibility for follow-up and reporting of each incident or emergency.