Region 2 Emergency Preparedness Resources

Region 2 Emergency Preparedness Resources

Are you prepared?
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Are You Prepared?

Region 2 provides assistance to our members in preparing for, and responding to, disasters or localized emergencies.

This comprehensive guide serves as an online collection of resources and tools that are relevant to disaster and emergency preparedness. If you would like to learn more about emergency preparedness resources, or explore training opportunities that are available through NNLM, please contact us!


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    What DHS and FEMA are Doing?


    FEMA has established a landing page on with the latest information from FEMA and DHS on the storm.  The page is currently promoting response and recovery information and serves as a clearinghouse for related information from DHS. The page is located at and is available in multiple languages.

    What the U.S. Government is Doing?


    Social Media

    For social media, follow and retweet trusted information from the following accounts:

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    Map of states and territories in NNLM Region 2


    National Library of Medicine Resources
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    National Library of Medicine Resources 

    MedlinePlus(link is external)
    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

    Federal and State Emergency Management Contacts

    Emergency Management Contacts by State

    NNLM Region 2 provides emergency preparedness resources for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, the U.S. Virgin Islands,

    This list includes Emergency Management contact information for each of our states.


    Alabama Emergency Management Agency(link is external)
    P.O. Box 2160
    Clanton, AL 35046
    800-843-0699 sends e-mail)

    NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Warnings and Alerts 
    Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Alabama (NOAA) - Status updates by county in AL


    Florida Division of Emergency Management(link is external)
    2555 Shumard Oak Blvd.
    Tallahassee, FL  32399-2100

    NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Warnings and Alerts 
    Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Florida (NOAA) - Status updates by county in FL


    Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA)(link is external)
    935 United Avenue
    Atlanta, GA 30316
    Local Emergency Management Agencies(link is external)

    NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Warnings and Alerts 
    Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Georgia (NOAA) - Status updates by county in GA


    Mississippi Emergency Management Agency(link is external)
    P.O. Box 5644
    Pearl, MS 
    24 Hour Emergency Line - 800-222-6362

    NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Warnings and Alerts 
    Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Mississippi (NOAA) - Status updates by county in MS

    Puerto Rico

    Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Puerto Rico(link is external)

    NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Warnings and Alerts 
    Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Puerto Rico (NOAA) -  Status updates by county in PR

    South Carolina

    South Carolina Emergency Management Division(link is external) (SCEMD)
    2779 Fish Hatchery Road
    West Columbia, SC 29172

    NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Warnings and Alerts 
    Watches, Warnings or Advisories for South Carolina (NOAA) - Status updates by county in SC


    Tennessee Emergency Management Agency(link is external)
    3041 Sidco Drive
    Nashville, TN  37204

    NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Warnings and Alerts 
    Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Tennessee (NOAA) - Status updates by county in TN

    U.S. Virgin Islands

    Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Mangement Agency (link is external)(VITEMA)

    Virgin Islands Office of Disaster Recovery(link is external) (ODR)

    St. Croix
    2164 King Cross Street
    Christiansted, VI 00820

    St. Thomas
    8221 Estate Nisky
    Saint Thomas, VI   00803

    NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Warnings and Alerts 
    Watches, Warnings or Advisories for U.S. Virgin Islands (NOAA) - Status updates by county in USVI

    Federal Contacts

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    Region 2: Serving Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

    26 Federal Plaza
    New York, NY 10278-0002

    Region 4(link is external): Serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi,South Carolina and Tennessee

    Federal Emergency Management Agency
    3003 Chamblee Tucker Road
    Atlanta, GA 30341

    Federal Agency Resources
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    Federal Agency Resources

    Health and Human Services (HHS) emPOWER Map 3.0(link is external)
    Provides every public health official, emergency manager, hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member the power to discover the electricity-dependent Medicare population in their state, territory, county, and ZIP Code.

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR)(link is external)
    Created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, this federal organization was created to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. The website includes an update list of resources for the latest natural disaster, as well as printable guides such as: 

    There is also a list of official social media accounts for areas being affected by a natural disaster.

    National Weather Service - Weather Prediction Center(link is external) 
    Up-to-the-minute forecast information is external)
    Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Available in multiple languages(link is external).

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(link is external) - Flooding(link is external)
    Follow the instructions provided by the EPA on this site to avoid illness and injury during and after a flood. Also included are suggestions for communities, companies, and water facilities on preparing for flooding. The page is also available in Spanish(link is external).

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Natural Disasters and Severe Weather(link is external) (Español(link is external))

    Find educational material and PSA information on:

    Additionally you can locate specific information on:

    Agencies and Organizations

    Healthcare Ready RX Open(link is external) 
    Helps patients find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster.

    Social Media

    FEMA Happening Now Twitter Feed(link is external) 
    For the latest up-to-date information, check the FEMA twitter feed. Twitter (link is external)

    National Weather Service Twitter (link is external)


    Emergency Kits
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    After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
    A number of trusted organizations provide some guidance on what you should include in your basic disaster supplies kit.

    Including a disaster supplies kit, you may also benefit from downloading a number of Disaster Apps for your phone to help in case of an emergency.

    Evacuation Resources
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    Evacuating Yourself and Your Family
    Evacuation guidelines provided by the It includes links to information about family emergency plans, emergency supply kit, how to care for pets in an emergency, and family communications plan.

    Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet
    Make sure you have a plan and a disaster kit prepared for your furry family members too!

    Webinars, Trainings & Handouts
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    NNLM Webinars

    Inclusive Disaster Planning: Considering the Needs of People with Disabilities (Video available soon)

    Three panelists as they discuss the importance of and offer guidance on disaster planning and management with the needs in mind of people with disabilities.

    Date: September 2022

    Creating a One Page Plan to Promote a Coordinated Response to a Disaster. 

    This webinar introduces attendees to the benefits of having a one page disaster plan, which contains information such as the duties of an emergency response coordinator, critical contact information, communications and continuity of operations plans, a succinct list of response procedures, and a relocation strategy.

    Date: November 2021

    Less Ostrich, more Owl. Five Steps to Quickly Improve Your Library's Ability to Respond to a Sudden Disaster

    This webinar is designed to improve your Library's ability to respond to a sudden disaster by laying out five easy steps to follow.  

    Date: September 2021

    Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for Libraries Part 2: The Library Match Game

    The second session in the COOP series. This session focuses on finding a buddy library to help execute your library's COOP should you become unable to. 

    Date: February 2021

    Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for Libraries Part 1: Why We Plan

    This session is dedicated to discussing the importance of libraries having Continuity of Operations Plans. 

    • Continuity of Operations Plan (.doc) One-page template for creating a continuity of operations plan. Created by Dan Wilson, Associate Director for Collections & Library Services at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Library.

    Date: January 2021

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    Other Trainings and Programs

     Disaster Information Specialization Certificate 

    The MLA Disaster Information Specialization provides training and recognition for librarians and others who rely on information for their work in disaster preparedness and response.

    The specialization, developed by MLA and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), trains professionals to access, use, and manage information to support their institutions and communities in planning for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters.

    Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) (FEMA)

    OPEN includes both a web-based, self-guided training, and a downloadable instructor kit that will guide participants on how to identify risks, locate resources, and take preparedness actions.

    Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

    The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

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