isaster Preparedness in vulnerable populations is reliant on their access to information to properly establish their personal disaster preparedness plans. Humanity Road is interested in improving the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations in the SE Atlantic area. Our goal is to reach vulnerable populations including over 55, 92, and disabled to educate them on how to leverage online resources with the NLM to improve their personal preparedness plan. Local statistics indicate that access to broadband is limited in 95 areas in the SE atlantic region. We are exploring ways to develop programming at the local library that improves community preparedness and resilience. Dr. Robin Murphy. Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Director of the Humanitarian Robotics and AI Laboratory reports that if we can reduce the disaster response by one day, we can reduce the overall recovery period by 1,000 days. In May we conducted an exercise in partnership with the Boydton Public Library.… Our next step in this program is to conduct public education outreach to Increase awareness and use of NLM information resources, and establish the local library and the NLM as a primary source for reliable and authenticated content by training the public in the use of medical information resources.

Project Details

Organization Name

Humanity Road

Organization Type
Community-based organization
Project Lead


Start Date
June 28, 2018
End Date
April 30, 2019
Funding Amount
General Public
Library or Information Professional
Public Health Professional
Health care Provider
Seniors (65+ yrs.)
Teens (13-18 yrs.)