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Emergency Preparedness and Response

General information for on disaster preparedness and response

For Health Science Librarians to help mitigate the impact of disasters on healthcare providers and their patiens

Excerpts from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Emergency Preparedness page

Four Things YOU Can Do RIGHT NOW!

  1. Memorize 1-800-DEV-ROKS
    This is the NN/LM toll-free number (1-800-338-7657) in an easy-to-remember form, ROKS without a "c". It connects to the regional office of the Greater Midwest Region. Call this number when disaster strikes and overwhelms your ability to continue to provide services. The GMR will respond and assist you based on the national NN/LM Plan.
  2. Develop and maintain a disaster plan
    Even a little preparation, using simplified approaches, can substantially increase your ability to respond and recover from a disaster. For example, have you identified the unique resources you have and where they are located so you know what you must save when recovery time is limited? The NN/LM Disaster Ready Initiative can help you identify the four key elements of a disaster plan.
  3. Identify a back-up library
    Develop a relationship with a partner library and create a formal or informal mutual understanding of what will help if disaster strikes. Use the Sample Mutual Aid Agreement on the 10 Steps Workshop Materials section of the Initiative.
  4. Get to know your GMR Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator
    For a contact list and description of the coordinator's responsibilities, see the file type icon NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator Role Statement

State Resources

Each of our state pages has specific information about emergency resources in that state. Find more information for: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

Web Links

Page includes additional links to educational sites, downloadable resourcss and regional coordinators


Where to find information types

Disaster management information may be found at this site at one or more of the phase related pages.


Check out the Disasster Glossaries link for suggestions when searching the literature or WWW.