Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery Resources for the Southeastern/Atlantic 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.
410-706-2855 is the Emergency Assistance Number and will connect you to the Southeastern/Atlantic 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!
- Disaster Information Management Research Center - Homepage for the NLM Center
- Librarians and Disasters – A web source listing tools, activities and programs useful to librarians
- Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health – A gateway to freely available online resources related to disaster medicine and public health.
Each of our state and regional pages has specific information about emergency resources.
- Alabama, District of Columbia ,Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina,Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia
- My Family Disaster Plan. Be Prepared: How to Help you Family in Any Disaster - This tri-fold, color brochure was produced by the Children's Health Fund and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
- Transcript and slide presentation from May 12, 2009 webcast, Planning & Preparedness for Children's Needs in Public Health Emergencies
- A Simplified Approach to Service Continuity Planning
A PowerPoint presentation (designed to be a simple, relatively quick approach to developing a service continuity plan.
- Emergency Preparedness Videos in ASL, Documents in Braille and Large Print
- American Red Cross "Safe and Well" Tool - The American Red Cross has unveiled new and updated technology to help families stay safe and reconnect during a disaster. Their secure and easy-to-use online tool allows people inside a disaster-affected area to list themselves as "safe and well" and for loved ones to search for these messages.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Homepage of the NOAA Central Library, which is managed by the agency’s Oceanographic Data Center.
- Ready.gov – Sponsored by FEMA is a disaster planning and preparedness resource for citizens in their homes, at school and places of business.
- Disaster Assistance – A composite of federal agencies that have come together, in one location, to provide the public with information in obtaining federal help and resources in a disaster. Also in Spanish.
Disaster Plan Templates/Samples
- dPlan is perfect for small and medium-sized institutions that do not have in-house preservation staff. dPlan is also valuable for large library systems or museum campuses that need to develop separate but related plans for multiple buildings, locations, or branches.” (Northeast Document Conservation Center)
- Pocket Response Plan (PReP)™- an accompaniment to a disaster plan, “The Pocket Response Plan (PReP) is a concise document for recording essential information needed by staff in case of a disaster. Every person having a response-related assignment should carry a PReP with them at all times.
What You Can Do
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 and 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.
Resources that support all aspects of this plan are linked from the Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit.
- Federal Government Emergency Response Resources
- Library, School and Medical Association Resources
- Misc. Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery Resources - includes recommended readings and animal health resources
If you have any resources that you think should be added to this page, please let us know.