Roadmap to Disaster Health Resources and Tools

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

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6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 510
Bethesda MD , 20892
United States
Cindy Love is the primary contact.
Phone: (301) 495-5306
Fax: (301) 480-3537
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Region: All

Description: This course is designed to help librarians and others identify the key resources they can turn to in the event of an emergency or disaster. Opening with an overview of the federal landscape related to disaster response, the class next covers electronic resources for disaster preparedness – including federal websites (with a review of NLM resources), non-federal resources, databases and mobile resources. The course will then detail some of NLM’s disaster preparedness and response tools – WISER, REMM and CHEMM, and illustrate how they may be used with examples and scenarios. Attendees will learn sources for useful information in an emergency; the formats that are easiest to use; and ways to keep up-to-date. The course will include scenarios for participants to work through. Disaster preparedness is a major undertaking—and knowing where to look for information in the event of an emergency is an important step towards readying any institution or community. UPDATE: This course is not available online or as a classroom course as it has been superceded; it was taught once in March 2011. See for information on courses in the MLA Disaster Information Specialization. Attendance at this course can be used to substitute for the "Disaster Health Information Sources" course required for the BASIC disaster information specialization certificate.

Experience Level: Beginning
CE Contact Hours: 2.5
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Environment and Information Policies, Leadership and Management
Subject: Disaster Preparedness
Course Type: Face to Face

Educational Objective: Participants will: o Be able to find highlights and search through the websites of federal government agencies involved in disaster preparedness and response, eg. FEMA, CDC. o Know to look for health information related to emerging events on the NLM & DIMRC websites. o Know how to use REMM and WISER, and get a feel for the soon-to-be released CHEMM. o Develop a sense of the creativity needed to respond in disaster situations. o Understand how the format of resources can become important in a disaster in terms of mobility, ability to be used without electricity or internet service, etc.


00:00 – Introduction - purpose of the class, presenters, and agenda overview. [Emily]
00:05-	Federal disaster preparedness and response landscape -  [Elizabeth]
	Stafford Act, Public Health Services Act (1944), PAHPA (2006), ASPR, National
            Health Security Strategy (2009), Homeland Security Presidential Directives,  
            National Response Framework (NRF), Emergency Support Functions (ESF), 
            NIMS, and ICS. 
00:15-	NLM resources for disaster health information – a survey  [Elizabeth]
·	DIMRC  Web page
·	Disaster medicine and public health literature
·	PubMed
·	Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness
·	Journals
·	MeSH terms
·	Topic pages (disaster types, special populations, etc)
·	Tools (NN/LM Toolkit, WISER, REMM, widgets)
·	Databases (TOXNET, DIRLINE)
·	MedlinePlus
·	Communication/Sharing (Disaster Information Specialist community; Listserv)
·	Emergency Access Initiative (EAI)
·	Enviro-health (TEHIP)
00:45- Other federal resources / Web sites   [Emily]
New page on DIMRC Web site (federal web sites with disaster information)
00:55-	Non-federal resources  [Emily]
·	State, local, and tribal (sample)
·	Associations; organizations (sample)
·	NGOs (sample)
01:00-	Aggregators/Libraries  [Emily]
·	LLIS (limited access)
·	Haz-Lit
·	LRC – Emmitsburg, MD (US Fire Academy; FEMA)
01:05-	International resources  [Emily]
·	ReliefWeb
01:10-	Blogs, emails lists, etc.  [Emily]
01:15-	BREAK
01:30-	Disaster information tools and mobile applications  [Jen]
How to use; how to get: 
·	CHEMM (soon-to-be released)

02:15-	Staying up-to-date  [Emily]
Which ones:
·	Listservs
·	Twitter
02:20-	Wrap up and questions  [Elizabeth]
02:30-	Conclusion and Evaluation  [Elizabeth]

Need for This Course: We have a number of librarians and informationists attending this course, many of whom have expressed interest in CE credits for their attendance. Since the course rides on the coattails of the Disaster Information Outreach Symposium which will also offer CE credits, our audience would greatly appreciate CE credits for their participation in this course.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Dialog, Sharing/Self-disclosure, and Problem-based.

Participant Materials: The website for the class and class materials is · Alternate version of slide presentation that includes screenshots with comments and annotations to reflect what was discussed in the class. · Web page with links to resources for use during the scenario and when participants return to their home institutions.

Facility Requirements: Ethernet cables will be available for participants who bring their laptops for internet-access; internet-connected computer with projector for presenters.

Additional Evaluation: Students participated in the evaluation of disaster courses conducted in 2012 by NLM.

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