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WISER Can Make You Wiser

Posted by on August 3rd, 2012 Posted in: Summer 2012


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Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator

If your region has a hazardous material incident and emergency responders need immediate access to vital information—where do they access the information they need?  What happens if the network goes down that provides the data?

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a fantastic app to help—the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER).  WISER provides information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

WISERYou can also:

    – Identify and validate the unknown substance

– Visualize areas likely to be affected in the first 30 minutes after a spill or release on a live map (from the DoT’s Emergency Response Guidebook)

– Use the protective distance mapping feature

– Access the Hazardous Substance Data Bank for how likely a substance is to occur in an incident and how hazardous it may be

– Access radiological  and biological support data

– Check out upcoming enhancements

– WISER works even if the network is down, accessing preloaded critical information

If you are interested in learning more about apps, as well as how to keep up-to-date on authoritative resources, check these out:

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Hannah Sinemus is the Technology Liaison for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR). Although she updates the MAR web pages, blog, newsletter and social media, Hannah is not the sole author of this content. If you have questions about a MARquee or MAReport posting, please contact the Middle Atlantic Region directly at nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

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