Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
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Last week was Wildfire Awareness Week, and it’s getting to be that season…are you prepared?
The New Mexico Department of Health is stressing less about how to prevent starting wildfires, but instead, more about what to do to protect yourself if a wildfire occurs nearby. The smoke that a wildfire produces can be very dangerous, and business, schools and other facilities where people gather might want to consider becoming clean air shelters in the event of a wildfire.
The smoke is one of the most dangerous effects of a wildfire for people in an area where one is occurring. The smoke can cause eye and respiratory irritation and exasperate lung and heart problems.
Here are some tips from the New Mexico Department of Health on what to do to protect yourself before and during a wildfire:
- Replace HVAC filters annually.
- Use the “recirculate” function on an air conditioner during a wildfire.
- Use smart judgement to postpone outdoor events when necessary.
- Stay indoors when advised to.
To read more about wildfire season, please visit “What You Need to Know to Get Prepared for Wildfire Season.”
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Friday, April 21st, 2017
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This past week, I had the privilege of attending the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Conference in New Orleans. It was a brand new topic for me, covering the four phases of emergency response:
We heard from hospitals who served events like the Boston Marathon bombing, the Pulse Night Club incident, ransomware attacks, and and the recent flooding in August 2016. The focus of the conference, however, was on the the Joint Commission standards and, in particular, the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers that went into effect on November 16, 2016.
According to a 2016 press release, the existing requirements for providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid did not include:
“(1) communication to coordinate with other systems of care within cities or states;
(2) contingency planning; and
(3) training of personnel.”
Given these deficiencies amid recent disasters, the CMS concluded that it was important to create a consistent foundation among all providers and suppliers, not just hospitals, to meet best practices in terms of having an emergency plan, policies and procedures, a communication, plan, and training and testing programs. This all includes coordinating with other stakeholders such as public health officials, responders, and other area providers to better effectively respond to events.
I am still thinking about discussions regarding non-clinicians and information professionals specifically, but my hope is that if there’s interest, we can feature an emergency preparedness expert on a future SCR CONNECTion to explore these intersections. Please feel free to email me with any thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thursday, April 13th, 2017
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For native Texans, you may be well aware of the weather episodes that come with the warmer weather that spring brings–often tornadoes and floods. We want to know though, are you prepared if one of these were to happen right now?
There are three steps you need to take to be ready:
- Make a plan
- Build a kit
- Get informed
When making a plan, have one for every sort of disaster or weather even that could happen. Where should family members meet if they need to evacuate the house? Do you have a basement you can take shelter in during a tornado or hurricane? If not, what should you do?
When putting your kit together, make sure to include plenty of water and non-perishable food items. Make sure it’s in a portable container in case you need to take it with you. Also, don’t forget a first-aid kit in case someone is injured.
Finally, get informed by listening to the news to know when a severe weather event might occur. Also be aware of some basic statistics, like on average, how many tornadoes strike Texas each year and generally when can you expect the,?
Even if you don’t live in Texas, being prepared for an emergency is something anyone can do.
To find out more about how to prepare yourself for an emergency, please visit texasprepares.org.
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
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September is National Preparedness Month, so the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ad Council have teamed up to encourage families to create emergency plans, just in case, through a series of PSAs.
One of the most important things to realize and plan for when it comes to emergencies, is knowing that it is likely that you will not be with your family when a disaster occurs. So if you’re not together, what should you do and where should you go to meet?
“Disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends, and so it is important to take a few minutes now to plan what you will do in the event you are separated,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in a FEMA press release. “It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school. But by having that conversation or making a plan, families will have more confidence and be better prepared when the next event happens.”
National Preparedness Month is managed and sponsored by the Ready campaign in hopes of raising awareness for how to plan and prepare before a disaster, and how to react during and after one.
To learn more about National Preparedness Month, please visit “September is National Preparedness Month.”
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Monday, August 15th, 2016
In response to the current flooding in Louisiana and other parts of the NN/LM South Central Region, we’ve created a Flooding and Disaster Information Resources webpage with information to help you stay safe during this weather emergency.
If you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at 817-735-2223 or email@example.com.
Monday, January 4th, 2016
Adapted from the CDC:
If you happen to work outside during the winter months, there are many risks. Some of these risks may be easier to detect than others; therefore, it is important to be prepared.
If you work in the cold, several layers of loose clothing is recommended. Layering provides better insulation than otherwise.
Wear gloves to protect your hands, and a hat/hood for your head. If your environment is wet, waterproof shoes with good traction are recommended. It is also important that your clothing does not interfere with your eyesight.
Be prepared for cold weather, even if the temperature currently seems pleasant. Conditions may change quickly and you could suffer from cold-related illnesses and injures in 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hypothermia can be hard to recognize and can occur when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Mild hypothermia can result in confusion and lack of judgment. Early symptoms include shivering, fatigue, and loss of coordination. Due to the loss of heat, your body will stop shivering, skin may turn blue, eyes will dilate, breathing will slow and loss of conscious will occur. To prevent hypothermia, it is recommended to wear clothes in layers.
Frostbite occurs when a part of the body such as fingers, toes, nose and ears, freezes to the point in which tissue is damaged. If the body tissue cannot be saved, removal is recommended. You can avoid frostbite by being alert in a cold environment with layered clothing and hat, gloves, etc.
Other cold related injures include trench foot and chilblains. Trench foot occurs when your feet are wet and it is cold for an extended period of time. Moisture causes the loss of heat and poor circulation. Chilblains can occur due to cold weather damaging an individual skin. The result is broken skin, swelling, blisters, redness, and itching. Trench foot and Chilblains can occur in 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Therefore, if you work in the cold, please wear appropriate clothing for outdoor conditions. It is also recommended to alert your supervisor if you are not warm enough and seek attention. Cold temperatures can affect your judgment and reaction time. For more information, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/workingincold/ and for additional information about hypothermia and other cold weather injuries, see the NIOSH Fast Facts card, Protecting Yourself from Cold Stress[PDF – 576KB].
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
Thursday, October 8th, 2015
The Radiation Emergency Medical Management Team is proud to announce the first major redesign of our site since REMM was launched in 2007.
The redesign includes a more modern banner, a new color palette and font style, and a new navigation system.
There are now 6 content groups on the new home page.
We have added an easy to use navigational menu at the top of the home page with sections for
- Interactive Clinical Tools
- Diagnosis and Treatment
- Reference and Data
- Overview of REMM and
- Links to downloading the REMM app for various mobile devices
One of our most popular features, the Multimedia Library in carousel form, remains on the home page, with 7 categories of multimedia assets.
Since REMM’s last major content update in November 2014, significant content updates have been added including
- New references and on most of the Emergencies Incidents pages
- New references in the Key Guidance Documents section
- Information about the March 2015 FDA-approval of filgrastim for the indication of radiation-induced myelosuppression
- New section describing Selection of Radiation Detection Systems
- New listings in the Training and Education page
- New references on the Recovery and Resilience page
- New information on the Other Audiences pages for Legal Advisors, Senior Leaders, First Responders, Veterinarians, Public Information Officers and Others
- New references in the very large Biodosimetry Library
- Major revisions to the Dose Reconstruction page
- Major revisions to the Data Collection page
- Update to the Monitoring Drinking Water and Milk page
- Updates to the Use of Blood Products page
- Update to the Stem Cell Transplant page
- Additions to the page of REMM consultants
- REMM has a new email update notification system by GovDelivery. If you are a REMM Listserv subscriber, you don’t need to do anything. You were automatically moved to the new system.
Users who have previously bookmarked REMM pages of interest should know that all the prior URLs have been retained, so the bookmarks will still work just like before.
Users who have visited REMM pages before may need to refresh (reload) the web page to see the new design. Otherwise, only the old pages cached in your browser will display.
Friday, April 24th, 2015
The National Library of Medicine has announced funding for endeavors that would benefit individuals that participate in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The submitting application must include at least one library and organization that has experience, expertise or capability of disaster –related preparedness. Some examples are health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, fire/rescue, voluntary/faith-based organizations, etc.
The proposal should explain how it would be mutually beneficial and collaborative among the participating organizations.
The winning project proposals will be offered a minimum of 15,000 to 30,000 each, for one year.
The deadline for submission is July 6, 2015, at 12pm ET.
More information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015” can be located at, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2015disasteroutreachrfq.html.