***Information Resources and Recent Tornadoes*** The recent tornadoes spread destruction and devastation across the U.S. We have seen a number of reports of how these tornadoes have affected the communities, including libraries and librarians. At the risk of repeating some of what you may have already read, here is a compilation of a few reports and resources that may be of interest:
**What happened inside the hospital during the Joplin, MO tornado** http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2011/05/happened-hospital-joplin-mo-tornado.html
*American Libraries magazine reports on public libraries impacted by the tornadoes* http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/06082011/massachusetts-mayor-keep-library-open-help-tornado-ravaged-residents-regroup
http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/05042011/tornados-rip-apart-several-libraries-south (six staff members at Tuscaloosa Public Library lost their homes) http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/ala-and-library-relief-funds
*Report about damage in Monson, MA*
"Library Director Katie Krol, who was walking downtown on Sunday, said children's programming was going on when the tornado struck. She said she somehow managed to squeeze 14 people into a bathroom. The library is closed indefinitely, and had damage to its roof."
*Example of library stepping up to the plate* http://libguides.stcc.edu/tornadorelief
*Regional Medical Library blog updates*
During an event, remember to check your Regional Medical Library blog or Web site for information. Here is an example:
*National Network of Library of Medicine's Toolkit* The NN/LM Toolkit stays on top of events and has a number of disaster resources for libraries.
*Social media and tornadoes*
*Reminder: FEMA's new policy on libraries as essential services in areas impacted by a disaster* http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/pa/9523_3.shtm
***New Information Resources on Tornadoes** "Tornado Pathfinder: A Guide to the Literature" This guide from FEMA's National Emergency Training Center Learning Resource Center introduces some of the emergency response materials in their library on tornadoes. http://www.lrc.fema.gov/path_tornado.html
"Web Pages for Tornado Response Safety" The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a web page for state and local response personnel, health care workers, shelter workers, and other responders on the subject of tornado response. The information provided by NIOSH is intended to help employers and workers prepare in advance for anticipated response activities, and to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses in the field once rescue, recovery, and clean-up begins. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/tornado.html
*** New Resources to Care for Community-Dwelling Patients During Mass Casualty Events from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ)*** "The Home Health Patient Assessment Tool: Preparing for Emergency Triage" reviews existing patient categorization tools and presents a new model patient risk assessment tool. The new tool will allow home care agencies, hospitals, and emergency planners to anticipate the needs of community-dwelling patients and assess who might be most at risk of hospitalization if their traditional home support services are disrupted during an emergency.
"Data Sources for the At-Risk Community-Dwelling Patient Population," provides a summary of each data resource, including its strengths and limitations for estimating the numbers of community-dwelling patients at risk during a mass casualty event, as well as any areas of overlap with other data resources.
***Hurricanes Season Begins***
June 1 marked official start of 2011 hurricane season. Get the CDC Hurricane Health and Safety Tips widget for weekly information on staying safe and healthy during the hurricane season. In addition to weekly updates, the widget provides information when storms make landfall.
***App for Emergency Care from American Red Cross***
The "S.O.S by the American Red Cross" is a free app that provides real-time emergency care instructions and an expansive resource guide for emergency care information in order to help save lives. The app is available only for Android mobile devices.
***American Public Health Association's Get Ready Campaign - New Fact Sheets on Preparedness***
APHA has new fact sheets with tips on preparing for tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, mosquitoes and home disasters as well as info on safe buildings and sheltering in place. They are also available in Spanish.
***Facebook Assembles Group to Plan for Disasters***
Facebook invited government emergency management agencies and relief organizations to their offices for a discussion on ways Facebook may be able to help in disaster situations.
Submitted by Elizabeth Norton, MLS, MPH, MBA
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467
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