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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Make and Practice Your Plan!

Posted by on September 4th, 2018 Posted in: Communications Tools, Consumer Health, Education & Training, Emergency Preparedness and Response, NLM Resources, Non-NLM Resources, Public Health, Search Tools


The first weekly theme provided by NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center for this National Preparedness Month is Make and Practice Your Plan. Ready.gov provides tips for putting together your family/household plan. Don’t forget to plan for your pets, property, and critical documents. Commuters should also have a plan in case a disaster occurs while they are traveling between work and home. At the National Library of Medicine, National Preparedness Month also means that responders and healthcare workers should review and update their plans. Responders can start by packing their Digital Go Bag. Save valuable time with tools on your laptop or smart device for responder safety, surveillance and alerts, psychological health, and medical and health information.
 

Pro tip: internet access may be slow or nonexistent in a disaster. Check the offline functionality of your apps ahead of time by turning on Airplane mode on your device.

Is your organization building or revising its disaster playbook? You will find over 3,000 exercises and plans in the Disaster Lit® database. If your plan is up to date, learn how NLM is developing virtual reality tools to plan and run collaborative exercises and training. Lastly, there are two webinars this week of interest:

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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