Update 9/21: The National Library of Medicine is extending the coverage area of the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) to include the healthcare response in the Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricane Maria, and those impacted by the earthquake in Mexico. EAI continues to be available to libraries and healthcare responders to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Update 9/18: The NLM Emergency Access Initiative has been activated for the period September 15, 2017 – October 14, 2017 in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
September is National Preparedness Month. Here is a list of recent disaster guides from around the National Library of Medicine.
The Disaster Information Management Resource Center is a portal to disaster health information. It includes fact sheets, full text governmental reports, mobile apps for emergency responders, the Disaster Lit© database, and community training programs for many major disasters. All DIMRC topics provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations. Newly updated topics in September include: Hurricanes of 2017, Fires and Wildfires, and Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events.
Disaster Lit© is a database of disaster-related grey literature that lives inside of DIMRC. It includes interviews, tools, guidelines, governmental reports and more, much of it full-text. Search Disaster Lit© in addition to PubMed for a current picture of disaster-related literature. A scan of their recent publications include an open data geospatial platform for Hurricane Irma, an Opioid Action Plan template, and a CDC guideline for treating tetanus in hurricane-affected areas.
DR2 is the national framework for research on the medical and public health aspects of disasters and public health emergencies. The DR2 website, provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Library of Medicine, supports disaster science investigators by offering data collection tools, research protocols, disaster research news and events, and more.
Around the country, our Network of Regional Medical Libraries have gathered regional information and disaster support for libraries.
Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery Resources – disaster response plan consultations available for regional network members.
Disaster Information Resources for SEA Network Members – includes evacuation routes and state-specific services
Disaster Information Resources – Harvey Disaster Relief and funding for regional network members.
Harvey Has Passed, But Risks Still Remain – SCR Blogadilllo post on hurricane recovery health risks.
Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can – 4 week preparation program.