Discover Disaster Preparedness
Recognizing the risks and danger signs of different hazards, creating a disaster plan, knowing how to treat basic medical problems, and readying in advance to evacuate your home can reduce fear, anxiety and losses. More importantly, disaster and emergency preparedness may save your life. Source: MedlinePlus
In observance of National Preparedness Month, the NNLM Reading Club has selected three books and gathered information from trustworthy resources to help you take action and stay safe. But don't wait for a special month! Select a book now and get the conversation started.
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- NNLM Emergency Preparedness Guide is an online collection of resources and tools that are relevant to disaster and emergency management
- Less Ostrich, more Owl. Five Steps to Quickly Improve Your Library’s Ability to Respond to a Sudden Disaster from 9/22/21
- Ransomware Attacks: What Medical Librarians Need to Know from 12/9/21
- Inclusive Disaster Planning: Considering the Needs of People with Disabilities from 9/27/22
Accidents and emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. Whoever you are, whatever you do or where ever you are, there is a resource that will help you prepare.
Ready.gov 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. Use their National Preparedness Month Social Media Toolkit to raise awareness and share information. Assemble a basic disaster supplies kit with Build A Kit or discuss a your plan of action with your family using Make a Plan. Ready.gov is available in multiple languages.
The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance for How to Manage Your Chronic Disease During a Disaster:
Create a “go-kit” for emergencies:
- At least one week’s worth of medical supplies and equipment
- Contact information for health care providers and emergency contacts
- A medication list with doses and dosing schedules
- A list of your allergies
- Information about any medical devices you use
- At least a three-day supply of any foods needed to manage your condition
- Copies of your insurance card and photo ID
- Copies of recent lab work you might need
Source: NIH News in Health, August 2020
Inclusive Emergency Preparedness
- Inclusive Disaster Planning: Considering the Needs of People with Disabilities | NNLM (class recording and resource list)
- Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs in Emergencies | CDC
- Disability and Health Emergency Preparedness | CDC
You can have access to expert advice and resources to help a family member, neighbor or bystander, if necessary, right in the palm of your hand. Tap here to download the Red Cross First Aid App or visit your App Store and search ‘Red Cross First Aid.’
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) offers a FREE, eight-hour, online Disaster Health Core Curriculum intended for a wide range of health professionals. The course consists of eleven, 20 – 60 minute online competencies covering various disaster health topics such as personal or family preparedness, communication, ethical and legal issues encountered in disasters, and much more.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free Hazard Info Sheets for many public emergency situations. FEMA also funds community preparedness activities such as:
- FEMA’s Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) training for faith-based organizations, local businesses and community organizations such as homeless shelters, food pantries, nonprofit medical providers and senior care facilities
- You are the Help Until the Help Arrives workshops in partnership with community organizations to increase individual preparedness