Information and Disasters: News

—–Original Message—-    From: Disaster Information Outreach by Librarians [mailto:DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB@LIST.NIH.GOV]

 

**Selections from over 100 e-sources**

** National Library of Medicine (NLM) Resources for Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event – March 2011** -The NLM has compiled resources that may help with understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami and possible nuclear power plant disruptions.

http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/japan2011.html

-The Emergency Access Initiative, a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 230 biomedical journals and over 65 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters, has been activated in support of medical relief efforts in Japan.

http://eai.nlm.nih.gov

-Clinicians who need to learn about assessing and managing radiation emergencies are urged to use the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) tool. Selected key files from REMM are also available for download on mobile devices and the entire web site can be downloaded to a laptop or desktop computer for use where there is no Internet connection.

http://remm.nlm.gov

 

**Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness** The March 2011 issue of this journal includes an article titled, “Supporting Evidence-based Health Care in Crises: What Information Do Humanitarian Organizations Need?” as well as a selection of open access articles relevant to the Japan earthquake.

http://www.dmphp.org

[Submitted by Anna Gieschen]

 

**2011 National Tsunami Exercise Handbooks** The annual Atlantic and Pacific tsunami exercises will be held on March 23, 2011. Handbooks and other related materials, including a video, are available through the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, National Weather Service, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov

 

**FAQs about Radiation**

The California Department of Public Health has issued this list of frequently asked questions regarding the implications of recent events in Japan.

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/RadiationFAQS2011.aspx

 

**State and Local Planners Playbook for Medical Response to a Nuclear Detonation** This resource was “developed by experts from the Nuclear Detonation Scarce Resources Working Group… as a guide to assist State, regional, local, tribal, and territorial medical and public health planners and other subject matter experts preparing their venues for a nuclear detonation.”

http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/playbooks/stateandlocal/nuclear/Pages/default.aspx

 

**Children and Disasters, Is Your State Prepared?** This chart compares the preparedness of various states in the child-related areas of evacuation/relocation plans, reunification efforts, special needs in child care, and K-12 written procedures for disaster planning.

http://www.ncsl.org/?TabId=21998

 

**Shelter Assessment Tool**

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a modifiable tool to assist environmental health practitioners in conducting a rapid assessment of shelter conditions during emergencies and disasters.

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/shelterassessment

 

 

 

Submitted by Cara Breeden, MLS

Aquilent, Inc., in support of the mission of the Disaster Information Management Research Center Specialized Information Services Division National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health cara.breeden@nih.gov

 

 

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