Archive for the ‘Disaster’ Category
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
The Marshall Islands – Majuro – Window by Stefan Lins is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
In the Pacific Ocean near the equator and just west of the international dateline, there is a small country known as the Marshall Islands, which has a population of 53,000 inhabitants. Somewhat similarly, if you head to Springdale, Arkansas, located in the northwest corner of the state, you will find not only the Consulate of the Marshall Islands, but the largest community of Marshallese Americans in the continental U.S., with an estimated population between 6,000 and 14,000.
The Marshall Islands have become a place of despair and great poverty. It was the site of 67 nuclear tests that occurred over a 12-year period; in 1956, the Marshall Islands was called “the most contaminated place on Earth” by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
In 1986, after the war had ended, the Marshall Islands became their own fully sovereign nation, but also became a U.S. Associated State, receiving assistance from the U.S., and also allowing Marshallese to travel and work within the U.S. without a visa. Springdale, Arkansas became the best immigration option after the first Marshallese to arrive, John Moody, sent back word about jobs available at Tyson Foods, where the company is headquartered.
And while 1,000s of Marshallese traveled halfway across the world to to escape the poverty and health issues, they are still plagued by diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer, some of which stem from the nuclear tests, but others that occurred after the fact; like how U.S. food aid to the Marshall Islands came in the form of processed items, which have contributed to the diabetes among the population as well as obesity.
Besides having a general distrust for health professionals, causing them not to seek medical treatment, many Marshallese also have no way to afford it, as the U.S. rescinded Medicaid and Medicare following the original 1986 agreement, leaving many without any form of health insurance.
But there is some hope for the Marshallese in Springdale, Arkansas. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library has begun a program to assist those displaced Marshallese, in part through funding by NNLM SCR. By teaching classes to Marshallese health workers and raising awareness for the health literacy information available, UAMS hopes to be able to eventually improve the overall health of the Marshallese of Northwest Arkansas. It will just take time.
To read more about the Marshallese population in Springdale, please visit “For Pacific Islanders, Hopes and Troubles in in Arkansas.”
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Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
“A Louisiana Welcome” by
Stuart Seeger is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Over the weekend, Louisiana experienced record-breaking flooding from heavy rain that has so far killed at least seven and displaced thousands. Roadways disappeared under water, houses flooded, and residents around the south of the state were forced to evacuate. Mike Steele, a spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness reported to The New York Times that the effects the flood had on residents, and the response of emergency responders were reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina.
President Barack Obama granted Louisiana’s request for a declaration of emergency Sunday evening, and first responders were working around the clock to ensure the safety of residents. Governor John Bel Edwards said Sunday that more than 20,000 people had been rescued, but any sort of “tally was already out of date,” according to The New York Times.
While most of southern Louisiana is prone to, and used to, heavy rain and at times, flooding, because this sort of downfall is unprecedented, Edwards said the National Weather Service can’t tell anyone what else you can expect or how else to prepare.
To read more about the floods in Louisiana, visit “Thousands Displaced in Storm-Drenched Louisiana.”
If you’d like to find out more about the effects flooding and coastal erosion have had on Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, read our new SCR Regional Highlight series available on the SCR blog.
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Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Thursday May 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET.
CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives) Response Efforts and Information Training
John Koerner, MPH, CIH, Chief of the CBRNE Branch at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will discuss how ASPR and other HHS agencies prepare for and respond to CBRNE incidents. The webinar will also include an introduction and demonstration of the new online CBRNE information training class developed by NLM Disaster Health.
Visit https://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html for upcoming and past CE event listings
This information was originally posted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Disaster Information Management Research Center.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Here are some resources to aid in coping with recent traumatic events.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 FREE
The helpline is also available in Spanish, by text and by TTY.
National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus: Coping with Disasters English and Spanish
National Traumatic Child Stress Network:
Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals
Coping with Crisis – Helping Children With Special Needs
Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism and Tragic Events – for ages 5 to 7.
Activity Book for African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
In the October 2015 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Jeff Williams and Neil Rambo describe their library’s experiences following a major disaster. In October 2012, Super Storm Sandy caused significant damage to New York University Health Sciences Library’s facilities and collections. Williams and Rambo describe what they learned in their insightful JMLA article “It’s the end of the world and we feel fine.”
Although the losses experienced by our staff and our users were wrenching, we began to see that this forced disruption, this destruction completely out of our control, also provided opportunities. These included moving more quickly and forcefully in new areas than would have been previously imagined. Some of these included: (1) improving infrastructure around online services and resources, and (2) engaging with our various user communities to better understand their knowledge and data discovery and management needs.
Even though the resulting water damage triggered a significant adjustment to library operations, the authors note that some good came out of the experience. The library was forced to rethink library services provided in the health sciences center. At the end of their article, Williams and Rambo describe a thought experiment that can be a jumping off point for library organizations to reimagine their own libraries. Their article is well worth reading.
Monday, October 26th, 2015
The following is an announcement from the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Library:
Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake in Afghanistan event page :
The USGS earthquake summary poster of the event just went online:
Technical Terms used on Event Pages:
Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake in Afghanistan
Staff at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) are available to answer media calls at 303-273-8500.
Monday, October 26th, 2015
The following is a message from Cindy Love and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:
With the approach of Hurricane Patricia to the Mexico coast, there are many in the United States with interests in understanding public health concerns that arise from the anticipated major wind and flood damage. The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (NLM Disaster Health) provides information on public health aspects of hurricanes and flooding of interest to health professionals and volunteers who may be responding to Mexico from the U.S. and also important to people living in (or who have family in) the affected regions.
NLM Disaster Health suggests the following resources and anticipates many more will be added as the situation unfolds:
U.S. Federal Organizations
-National Hurricane Center
-Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development
-U.S. Department of State: Hurricane Patricia
-United States Diplomatic Mission to Mexico
—Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Patricia Dated: October 23, 2015
-U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Department of Defense
Pan American Health Organization
Hashtags: #patricia, #hurricanepatricia, #huracanpatricia
Hashtags for the affected regions: #Jalisco, #Colima, #Nayarit, #Mexico
Twitter list for Hurricane Patricia, https://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC/lists/hurricane-patricia, compiled by @NLM_DIMRC, the Twitter account from the Disaster Information Management Research Center, https://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC.
The list includes selected Twitter accounts frequently posting about Hurricane Patricia, including all the accounts in this email.
In addition to major and local news media, these Twitter accounts are posting about Hurricane Patricia:
-National Hurricane Center, @NWSNHC, https://twitter.com/nwsnhc
-USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, @theOFDA, https://twitter.com/theOFDA
-Pan American Health Organization, @PAHOdisasters, https://twitter.com/PAHOdisasters (English and Spanish)
-U.S. Department of State, @StateDept, https://twitter.com/StateDept
-U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Mexico, @USEmbassyMEX, https://twitter.com/USEmbassyMex
-U.S. Northern Command, @NoradNorthcom, https://twitter.com/NoradNorthcom
Mexico government and NGO (non-governmental organization) Twitter accounts, in Spanish:
-Secretaría de Gobernación, @SEGOB_mx, https://twitter.com/SEGOB_mx
-Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil, @PcSegob, https://twitter.com/PcSegob
-Oficina de la Presidencia de la República, @PresidenciaMX, https://twitter.com/PresidenciaMX
-La Comisión Nacional del Agua, @conagua_mx, https://twitter.com/conagua_mx
-Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, @conagua_clima, https://twitter.com/conagua_clima
-Cruz Roja Mexicana, @CruzRoja_MX, https://twitter.com/CruzRoja_MX
-Cruz Roja Estado de Jalisco, @CruzRojaJalisco, https://twitter.com/CruzRojaJalisco
NLM Disaster Health topic guides for professionals on:
Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Stress, https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/coping.html
Animals in Disasters, https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/animals.html
Health Resources for the Public: MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
-Huracanes (Hurricanes), https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/hurricanes.html
-Inundaciones (Floods), https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/floods.html
Submitted by Cindy Love and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467
Friday, October 2nd, 2015
The next Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar will be Thursday, October 8, at 10:30 AM PDT. The meeting is open to anyone wishing to attend.
TOPIC: “Stress and the Relaxation Response”
Stress is a very common reaction to disasters and humanitarian crises. Disaster-related stress affects the local population as well as the professionals and volunteers responding to a disaster. Even in the absence of a disaster, over 60% of visits (for any reason) to health care professionals are caused or exacerbated by stress for which there is no effective pharmacologic or procedural therapy. This presentation will focus on a counter-stress capacity – the relaxation response. Its elicitation effectively counteracts stress and is therapeutic for a multitude of stress-related disorders. The relaxation response will be defined historically and physiologically. Its genomic underpinnings as well as its dramatic impact on health care resource utilization will be described.
Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, http://bensonhenryinstitute.org, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Mind Body Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Manoj Bhasin, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics, Co-Director of Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center, http://bhasinlab.org/wp, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School; James E. Stahl, MD, CM, MPH, Section Chief, General Internal Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine Geisel School of Medicine.
To join the meeting at 10:30 am PT, Thursday, October 8, visit https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?d=624935657&t=a.
Event number: 624 935 657
Event password: 1234
MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
The National Library of Medicine has announced the funding of partnerships between libraries and organizations with disaster-related responsibilities. The purpose of these projects is to improve the use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, etc. These projects will use online resources on disaster topics including those from NLM.
The 2015-2016 projects are:
City of Portland, Public Health District
“Public Health Emergency Coordination with Libraries”
In partnership with:
Portland Public Library
The City of Portland, Public Health Division and the Portland Public Library will develop the role of libraries in disaster health emergency response in Cumberland County, Maine through training library staff on preparedness and disaster health information and creating a role for library staff to assist during a public health emergency.
Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library
“The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri”
St. Louis, MO
In partnership with:
St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS)
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council for Emergency Response (MARCER)
Boone County Department of Emergency Management
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
The Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library are collaborating with four emergency management agencies across Missouri to increase awareness and knowledge of National Library of Medicine information resources among emergency responders and reference librarians through a train-the-trainer format. This project will expand the role of Missouri reference librarians by partnering with local emergency responders and will increase the capacity of Missouri emergency managers, disaster planners, public health professionals, and reference libraries to access accurate and evidence-based information on disaster topics.
University of Washington Health Sciences Library
“RRAIN Washington – Response and Recovery App in Washington Phase II”
In partnership with:
Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Washington State Emergency Management Division
The University of Washington Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division aims to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington by developing a project website and mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington). This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. The app is intended to enhance first responder decision making by providing easy access to reliable health information for statewide disaster response and recovery.
For more information concerning these projects and others, please visit Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards
Friday, August 28th, 2015
The 2015 theme of National Preparedness Month is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Here are some recommended resources: