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Disaster Information Specialist Program

Upcoming Conference Calls/Webinars

Thursday, October 9 at 1:30 pm ET.

Topic to be Announced

Instructions to Join Conference Call/Webinar

A conference call for those interested in the Disaster Information Specialist Program is held on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 ET. The monthly calls are open to all and can be attended in person in our offices, online through Adobe Connect, or by telephone. To receive announcements about the conference calls please join our DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv.

Log into the Adobe Connect session at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

Enter your name in the guest box and click "Enter Room". A box should pop up asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use the call-back feature or can only attend by telephone:
Dial-In: 1-888-757-2790
Pass-Code: 745907
Getting MLA Continuing Education Credit
To get Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credit for participating in one of our monthly conference calls (or watching the recording), register at http://nnlm.gov/training/dimrc/register.html?schedule_id=2557. You will receive an email confirmation that includes a link to the MLA continuing education evaluation form. At the end of the evaluation, on the last page, you will be linked to a certificate documenting your attendance. Participation provides one hour of CE credit. Registration is only required for those interested in MLA CE credit.
Previous Meetings (2014)

2014 Sept 11
Not Just Small Adults: Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies
Representatives from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response, the Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine shared information about the unique needs of children in disasters and emergencies and about their collaboration to develop a comprehensive online guide that will serve as a central source for pediatric-related disaster and emergency health information: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/children.html

Webinar recording

Presentation Slides - PowerPoint version 2010
The Emergency Medical Services for Children Collaborations for Pediatric Disaster Preparedness (1.9 MB)
Not Just Little Adults: Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies (947 KB)
Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies: Concept, Development, and Partnerships for the Future (5.4 MB)
Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies: A Demonstration of the New Resource (1.7 MB)


2014 Aug 14
Reports on the 2013 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects
The Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine funded three outreach and collaboration projects for 2013-2014. These projects are near completion. Two of the awardees presented information about their projects, how libraries collaborated with disaster-related organizations, and what outcomes they achieved.
Webinar recording

2014 June 12
Riding the Mobile Wave: Use of Social Media and mHealth Tools in Local Health Departments
Sara Rubin, senior program analyst at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), will talk about a study (PDF, 4.2 MB) that identified the organizational factors local health departments need to support their use of social media tools in preparedness and response activities. Andrew Roszak, Senior Director for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response at NACCHO, shared some other recent NACCHO initiatives, including the radiation emergency projects in several jurisdictions.
Recording of June 12 webinar

Presentation Slides - PowerPoint version 2010
Riding the Mobile Wave: What Local Health Departments Need in order to Adopt Social Media and Mobile Health Technologies for Emergency Preparedness (3.7 MB)
NACCHO Preparedness Initiatives (19.2 MB)

2014 May 8
Disaster Health Info Outreach & Collaboration Project 2014 Funding Information Session
An open information session about the funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery was held. All questions and responses will be posted following the meeting on FedBizOpps. Angela Mora, Deputy Director for the City of El Paso Department of Public Health, presented a summary of the project funded in 2013 between the El Paso Health Department and the PAHO U.S.-Mexico Border Virtual Library. For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”, please visit http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2014disasteroutreachrfq.html.
Recording of May 8 Funding Information Session

Presentation Slides for May 8 meeting - PowerPoint version 2010
El Paso Disaster Health Information Outreach Project 2013 (1.2MB)
Funding Information Session: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects 2014 (2.4 MB)

2014 March 13
Accessing Information About Chemicals and Chemical Hazards
Representatives from the National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services shared information about tools that can be used to access information about chemicals and their hazards.
Recording of March 13 meeting

Presentation Slides for March 13 meeting - PowerPoint version 2010
Accessing Information About Chemicals and Chemical Hazards (4.1 MB)
Alternative Routes to NLMs Chemical Information (3.9 MB)

2014 February 13
Training Classes for Public Health Preparedness and Response
Dr. Lois Banks and Erin Bougie from TRAIN, the Public Health Foundation’s free learning resource for searching, registering for and tracking on-site or distance learning courses. demonstrated how TRAIN operates as a tool for both learners and course providers. Representatives from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center also shared information about accessing training courses through the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.
Recording of February 13 meeting

Presentation Slides for February 13 meeting - PowerPoint version 2010
Training Resources from Disaster Information Management Research Center (3.2 MB)
TRAIN: Learning in Disaster Health (1.9 MB)

Previous Meetings (2013)

2013 December 12
Finding Disaster Health Information: Where Do I Start?
Representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center gave a presentation on using NLM resources to find the best and most authoritative disaster health information, with a focus on finding non-commercially published information.
Recording of December 12 meeting
Presentation Slides from December 12 meeting - PowerPoint 2010 version (2.4 MB)

2013 November 14
Assisting Individuals with Access and Functional Needs During Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Harvey Ball, CDR, USPHS, Senior Public Health Advisor at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Response, led a set of presentations on U.S Department of Health and Human Services and FEMA resources and how they can be utilized to help individuals with access and functional needs during public health emergencies.

Presentation Slides from November 14 meeting - PowerPoint version 2010
Overview of Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC)
Medical Reserve Corps Serving those with Functional Needs
Disaster Case Management for Local Communities
U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Service Access Teams (SAT)
Overview of Personal Assistance Services (PAS)

Fact Sheets:
At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC)

2013 September 12
More Reports from the 2012 Disaster Health Information Outreach & Collaboration Projects
Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Health Emergency Response and Preparedness Branch, Georgia Regents University Library Robert B. Greenblat M.D. Library, MESH (Managed Emergency Surge for Healthcare, Inc.) and Southeastern Regional Medical Center reported on their projects funded for the period September 2012 - September 2013. Read more about these projects on the 2012 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards page.
Recording

Presentation Slides - PowerPoint version 2010
Arkansas Department of Health Emergency Response and Preparedness Branch (3.3 MB)
Georgia Regents University Library Robert B. Greenblat M.D. Library Presentation slides (628 KB)
MESH and Southeastern Regional Medical Center Presentation slides (1.3 MB)

2013 August 8
Reports from the 2012 Disaster Health Information Outreach & Collaboration Projects
Representatives from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Calder Memorial Library and the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, Learning Resource Center reported on their projects funded for the period September 2012 - September 2013. Read more about these projects on the 2012 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards page.

View the video "Just-In-Time-Training: Becoming a Disaster Health Information Power Searcher" developed by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Calder Memorial.
Recording

Presentation Slides - PowerPoint version 2010
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Calder Memorial Library (24 MB)
Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, Learning Resource Center (9.8 MB)

2013 July 11
New Trends and Emerging Technology
Emily Hurst, Technology Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region, provided a review of today’s hottest technology trends and how these are important in disaster preparedness and response. Some of the topics covered included cloud computing and augmented reality.
Recording
Presentation slides - PowerPoint version 2010 (6.6MB)

2013 June 26
Encore Presentation of Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device
Hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/MidContinental Region
Representatives from NLM identified and discussed key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities.
Recording
Presentation Slides - PowerPoint 2010 version (22 MB)

2013 June 20
Accessing Free Biomedical Literature in Disasters
Claire Allen from Evidence Aid and Maria Collins from the National Library of Medicine's Emergency Access Initiative discussed how biomedical literature can be accessed for free before, during, and after disasters.
Recording
Evidence Aid presentation slides - PowerPoint version 2007 (1.9 MB)
Emergency Access Initiative presentation slides - PowerPoint version 2007 (2.1 MB)

2013 April 25
Special Presentation: Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device
There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters. However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late. Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely-used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their Web site many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations. In this webinar, representatives from NLM identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities. Check out our list of disaster and emergency apps at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterapps.html

Presentation Slides - PowerPoint 2010 version (18.7 MB)
Presentation Slides - PDF version (6.75 MB)

2013 April 11
The Ambulance-Riding Librarian: How Embedded Informationists Help the Responder Community
Kacy Allgood shared her experiences as a provider information services to Indianapolis EMS; the Indiana University Department of Emergency Medicine; MESH, a disaster preparedness agency; and Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children. All of these agencies collaborate to provide evidence based pre-hospital care for Indianapolis.
Recording

2013 March 21
Disability Inclusive Emergency Management
Marcie Roth, Senior Advisor on Disability Issues for FEMA, spoke about integrating the needs of the whole community into all aspects of emergency preparedness and disaster response, recovery and mitigation efforts.
Recording
Slides (PDF, 4 MB)

2013 February 14
Using Resilient Communication Systems and Gaming Technologies to Support Hospital Disaster Response
Victor Cid, Senior Computer Scientist in the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), described two projects that DIMRC is coordinating for the Bethesda Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness Partnership (BHEPP). The first project is a resilient communications system that allows the hospitals’ emergency managers to keep connected through email when all other traditional communications systems are unavailable. The other is a learning system for the Hospital Incident Command System that makes use of gaming technology to enable the senior staff conducting collaborative exercises based on simulated disasters.
Recording

2013 January 10
Information Support During Emergencies: About VOST (Virtual Operations Support Team)
Scott Reuter, current president of Oregon VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) and DHS/FEMA certified course instructor for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, and Marlita Reddy Hjelmfelt, Team Lead of Pacific Northwest VOST and member of the VOST Leadership Council shared information about VOST, including how they lend social media and information support to incident management teams.
Recording
Slides (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Previous Meetings (2012)

2012 December 13
Using Social Media in Emergency and Disaster Response
Kelly Bennett, Diana Kushner, and Sara Harris from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response Fusion Cell presented on the impacts and benefits of using social media in emergency response. They also shared some insights from their recent deployment in support of Hurricane Sandy response efforts.
Recording
Slides

2012 November 8
Science During Crisis
Kristin Ludwig, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Strategic Sciences Group, presented about how crisis science teams play a role in conducting research on medical and public health response to disasters.

2012 October 11
Disaster Behavioral Health
The following speakers discussed concepts, components and resources about disaster behavioral health:
Darrin Donato, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience
Cathryn Chiesa, MLS, Resource Librarian, UCLA-Duke University Center for Child Traumatic Stress, leading the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Christian Burgess, LMSW, Director, Disaster Distress Helpline

2012 September 13
Disaster Health Information Outreach Projects
Reports were heard from four of the seven disaster health information outreach projects funded by the National Library of Medicine for September 2011-September 2012:
Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA
American Academy of Pediatrics
Monroe County Department of Public Health, Rochester, NY
Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, Charleston, WV

2012 July 12
Disaster Health Information Outreach Projects
Reports were heard from three of the seven disaster health information outreach projects funded by the National Library of Medicine from September 2011-September 2012:
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
University of Alabama Health Sciences Library
Marshall County Health Department, Benton, KY

2012 June 14
American Red Cross Digital Operations Center
Wendy Harman, Social Media Manager at the American Red Cross, spoke about the Red Cross Digital Operations Center, which was launched to monitor and respond to social media during disaster situations using trained "digital volunteers".

2012 April 12
ASPR Fusion Cell
Jennifer Olsen, Branch Chief for the US Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR) Fusion Cell , in the Office of Preparedness & Emergency Operations, shared information about the ASPR Fusion Cell which analyzes and aggregates information from many data sources during public health emergency situations to enhance situational awareness and identify emerging threats.

2012 March 8
Needs of Public Libraries Following a Disaster
Michelle Malizia, the Associate Director of the South Central Region of National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) reported on the results of a survey they administered to determine needs of public libraries following a disaster. Dan Wilson, Coordinator for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, shared notes from the February 2012 NN/LM Hurricane Summit held in Miami.

2012 February 9
Disaster Exercises and Drills 101
Steve Peterson, Emergency Management Specialist at the National Institutes of Health, presented about disaster drills and exercises – including what are they and why they are necessary.

2012 January 12
Disaster Apps and Mobile-Optimized Web Sites
Staff from the National Library of Medicine demonstrated the new Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) Web page and presented information about key disaster-related mobile tools and apps.
Previous Meetings (2011)

2011 November 10
Information Tools for Chemical Mass Casualties
Mark Kirk, MD, medical toxicologist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Health Affairs and Associate Managing Editor of CHEMM (NLMs Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management), gave a presentation on chemically-induced mass casualties and chemical emergency information tools and resources useful for planning for, responding to and recovering from the effects of mass casualty incidents involving chemicals. CHEMM was demonstrated during the meeting.

2011 October 20
Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects
Cindy Love of the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center shared information about the new Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects contracts recently awarded to seven partnerships between libraries and disaster-related organizations.

2011 August 11
Pilot Disaster Information Specialist Projects
Patti Reynolds, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and Fritz Dement, New York University Health Sciences Libraries, provided a final report on their disaster information specialist pilot projects.

2011 July 14
NOAA Central and Regional Libraries
Neal Kaske, Director of the NOAA Central & Regional Libraries , and several members of his staff shared information about the disaster-related resources available at their library, including the extensive photo gallery that is available to the public.

2011 June 9
REMM
Capt. Jeffrey Nemhauser, United States Public Health Service and Associate Managing Editor of REMM, gave an overview of NLMs Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) which is designed to give health care providers who do not have a formal background in radiation medicine the guidance they need to treat victims in the event of a radiological or nuclear emergency.

2011 April 14
Disaster Information Outreach Symposium Summary
This meeting included a de-briefing on the Disaster Information Outreach Symposium held on March 29-30 at the National Library of Medicine.

2011 February 10
Haiti Earthquake
In recognition of the recent one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, DIMRC staff member Victor Cid spoke his visit to Haiti where he supported efforts by WHO/PAHO to develop an emergency operations center and an information management infrastructure in Haiti.

2011 January 13
Homeland Security Digital Library
Greta Marlatt spoke about the resources and services available through the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). The HSDL is a research collection of open-source resources related to homeland security policy, strategy and organizational management. The Library is sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA.

Previous Meetings (2010)

2010 November 18
Disasters and Mental Health
Dr. Brian Flynn, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, spoke about disasters and mental health issues.

2010 October 21
Professional Development in Disaster Information Outreach
Kathleen Combs, Medical Library Association (MLA) Director for Professional Development, and Debra Cavanaugh, MLA Continuing Education Coordinator, introduced a new joint MLA-NLM project. This project, funded by NLM, is to develop a disaster information specialization through MLA's professional development opportunities.

2010 September 9
Community Day Preparedness Projects
In recognition of National Preparedness Month,five librarians shared information about Community Preparedness Day projects they planned and implemented with funds from NLM and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Librarians from Brunswick, ME; Sarasota, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Wilmington, NC and Mobile, AL presented some highlights from their projects and share experiences about collaborations between medical and public libraries and with community emergency preparedness personnel.

2010 July15
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Joseph “Chip” Hughes, MPH, the Director of the Worker Education Training Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) shared his insights on the Gulf oil spill situation and discussed information needs related to the spill. He was deployed for several months to the Gulf region, where he was working with Coast Guard and BP officials, as well as local and state officials, academic institutions and other federal agencies to provide worker safety training.

2010 June 10
Haiti Earthquake
Lt. Cmdr. Daniel D'Aurora spoke about his deployment on the USNS Comfort during the Haiti earthquake response. While serving on the Comfort, LCDR D'Aurora was responsible for Casualty Receiving and acted as the Triage Officer. He shared information about his experiences on the ship and what health/medical information was needed by the responders.

2010 April 8
Pilot Project Partners’ Disaster Information Activities
Patti Reynolds, Librarian, shared a report on her disaster informationist activities at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Bishopric Medical Library.

2010 March 11
Pilot Project Partners’ Disaster Information Activities
Colleen Cuddy and Glenda Barahona from the Ehrman Medical Library, New York University School of Medicine, NYC reported on their disaster information activities over the past year.

2010 February 11
Haiti Earthquake
The focus of this meeting was on efforts and experiences related to the Haiti earthquake. Stacey Arnesen, Head, NLMs Disaster Information Management Research Center, described the activities by NLM to assist in making information more accessible to responders and medical personnel, including the development of the Haiti Earthquake People Locator project. Librarians from University of Miami, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Creighton University, New York University, and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine reported on what their organizations did to support response and relief efforts.

2010 January 14
Pilot Project Partners’ Disaster Information Activities
Reports were shared from two disaster information pilot project partners about their activities over the past year. Alicia Livinski, NIH Library, and Alison Rollins, James A. Zimble Learning Resource Center at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, described their successes and challenges.
Previous Meetings (2009)

2009 December 9
Disaster Management for Information Professionals: Graduate Course
Dr. Ana D. Cleveland, Regents Professor and Director, Health Informatics Program, and Jodi Philbrick, Course Coordinator, Health Informatics Program, from the Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas, discussed the development of a graduate-level course on disaster management for information professionals. The course was first deployed in the summer of 2006, and it has been taught each summer semester following. Over 50 students had taken the course, creating a new generation of information professionals trained to handle disaster situations.

2009 November 12
FEMA National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Learning Resource Center
Edward Metz, Director of the FEMA National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Learning Resource Center in Emmitsburg, MD, discussed his library's comprehensive collections of all-hazards information resources, including a large collection of one-of-a-kind materials. The NETC houses the U.S. Fire Administration, the Fire Training Academy and the Emergency Management Institute where emergency response managers from all over the U.S. come to take 1-2 week intensive training courses on emergency management topics. The Institute also offers many online courses, including the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) required of all emergency personnel. Several NLM staff visited the Training Center in October and added their observations.

2009 October 8
National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Kenneth Schor, Acting Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health shared a brief history of the Center and its role as an education center for disaster health preparedness. The presentation included a discussion of the roles librarians can play in disaster preparedness training.

2009 September 10
DIRLINE
NLM staff members shared that new disaster-related content has been added and organized on DIRLINE, NLM’s directory of health organizations. DIRLINE has been expanded to include 600+ state government agencies that have disaster responsibilities.

2009 August 13
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Since it began in 2004, NPM has raised awareness and promoted action surrounding emergency preparedness among citizens, businesses and communities. This meeting discussed about how disaster information specialists and libraries can engage with this effort. Also, Amy Donahue, a 2008-2009 National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, presented her spring project results about the Bethesda Medical Libraries Emergency Preparedness Project. Amy visited and interviewed staff at each of the five partner libraries.

2009 July 9
Disaster Preparedness for Medical Librarians
Dan Wilson and Susan Yowell discussed their NLM-funded project that created and sustains the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit. This project also involves the training of medical librarians in disaster preparedness.

2009 June 11
Communication During H1N1 Outbreak
This meeting included a recap of highlights from the 2009 Medical Library Association Annual Conference and the 16th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine and a discussion about communication during the initial stages of the H1N1 Influenza outbreak.

2009 April 9
Information Professionals’ Responses to Disasters
Lisl Zach, Assistant Professor at the iSchool at Drexel University in Philadelphia, discussed her research on information professionals’ responses to disaster situations. She was joined by Prudence Dalrymple, Professor and Director of the Institute for Healthcare Informatics, also at Drexel University.

2009 March 12
Ethical Considerations in Disasters
Dr. Edmund Howe presented on ethical considerations in disasters. Dr. Howe is a Professor in the Department of the Psychiatry and Director of Program in Medical Ethics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

2009 February 12
Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Projects and Local Preparedness
This meeting focused on the status of NLM-funded pilot projects underway at NYU, NIH Library and National Naval Medical Center library. Updates were provided on local preparedness for the recent Presidential Inauguration, NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center activities, upcoming conferences and more.

2009 January 8
Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Project Review
The first year of activities of the Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Project and the status of projects underway at NYU, Sarasota Memorial, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, NIH Library and the Bethesda Medical Libraries Emergency Preparedness Partnership were reviewed. Preparations for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration and “lessons learned” from the October disaster drill conducted by the Bethesda Hospitals Partnership were also discussed.
Previous Meetings (2008)

2008 December 11
Emergency Management at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
This meeting focused on emergency management at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA provides federal benefits to veterans and their families, including health care at 153 medical centers and hundreds of additional health care facilities. VALNET, the extensive Veterans Affairs Library Network, supports the information needs of VA clinicians, researchers, administrators, staff, patients and their families across the U.S.

2008 October 8
CERT and Fire Corps
Greg St. James, Administrator of CERT and Fire Corps for Montgomery County, Maryland Fire and Rescue, introduced two national programs for citizen involvement in disaster and emergency response: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Fire Corps. These programs are in many communities and have trained thousands of volunteers interested in personal and community readiness and response in the event of a disaster. These and other community training opportunities can enhance a librarian’s understanding of disaster preparedness and response. Examples include training provided by the American Red Cross, local fire-rescue-emergency medical services, local bus/rail systems, and HAM radio groups.

2008 September 11
Disaster Information Specialists
A discussion was held about possible disaster information specialist activities, especially related to the recent and current hurricanes (including Ike and Gustav), and an update on NLM's Disaster Information Management Research Center.

2008 August 14
Disaster Information Specialist Project Updates
The pilot project partners shared updates on their funded projects.

2008 July 10
Disaster Information Specialist Project Updates
The pilot project partners shared updates on their funded projects.

2008 June 12
Humanitarian Assistance Medicine
Kevin Riley from the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences spoke about the mission and activities of this organization which provides humanitarian and disaster preparedness assistance across the globe.

2008 May 7
National Capital Hospital Preparedness
Cindy Notobartolo and Pat Hawes, emergency planners from Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD spoke about hospital disaster preparedness and how drills are conducted in the Washington, DC area.

2008 April 9
Resources of the Stitt Library, National Naval Medical Center
Librarians from the Stitt Library of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD shared information about their military disaster support and preparedness activities and reviewed their disaster print collection and online resources.

2008 March 13
Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Project Partners' Updates
The pilot project partners shared updates on their funded projects.

2008 February 14
Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Project
The initial meeting of the Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Project, funded by the Disaster Information Management Research Center of the National Library of Medicine, was held with the pilot project partners: National Institutes of Medicine Library, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Learning Resource Center, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Bishopric Memorial Library, New York University Medical Library, Suburban Hospital Library, and the National Naval Medical Center Stitt Library.

Disaster Information Specialist Program
The Disaster Information Specialist Program is a collaborative effort to explore and promote the role of information specialists in the provision of disaster-related information resources to the workforce and communities.

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