Leveraging Libraries as Hubs for Spontaneous Volunteers, Just-in-Time Training Guide On Utilizing the National Libraries of Medicine Resources

Post-disaster community members seek opportunities to volunteer and support recovery efforts. Tapping into this resource requires governments to have a plan to receive, train, and equip spontaneous volunteers rapidly. Libraries are known community hubs, provide great space for processing and training volunteers, and have access to resources related to disasters through the National Libraries of Medicine among other sources. Nashua Office of Emergency Management will use grant funds to establish spontaneous volunteer reception center hubs utilizing libraries and librarians and developing a guide on how to best utilize the Disaster Information Management Research Center and the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders to build just-in-time training on health and safety post disaster.

Project Details

Organization Name

City of Nashua Office of Emergency Management

Organization Type
Federal government agency
Project Lead


New Hampshire
Start Date
November 1, 2016
End Date
April 30, 2017
Funding Amount
Student, College & Post-grad
Student, K-12
Educator, College & Post-grad
Emergency Preparedness and Response
General Public
Library or Information Professional
Seniors (65+ yrs.)
Teens (13-18 yrs.)