Integrating Librarians into Local Disaster Management and Training
National Library of Medicine
The recording and presentation materials of the August 13, 2015 webinar are now available online. During this call, Brian Bunnett, Chair, Public Services Department, from the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University spoke about the library’s current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with Vigo County Emergency Management, has been exploring roles for integrating librarians into the planning and response activities of local disaster management groups and developing training sessions using disaster health information resources from the National Library of Medicine.
Measuring America: How Ready Are We?
To better understand the needs of first responders and other emergency workers, the 2013 American Housing Survey asked US residents how prepared they were for disasters. This infographic provides a summary of how citizens answered questions on their preparedness levels.
How Ebola-vaccine success could reshape clinical-trial policy
Nature, August 4, 2015
This brief free full text article in Nature provides an overview of vaccine development through clinical trials during Ebola. The “fast-track” approach to setting up a clinical trial used during the Ebola outbreak has led to recommendations for future research on vaccines in general.
New in DisasterLit
Handling the Death of a Colleague
Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, August 2015
In response to the August 26, 2015 WDBJ television station shooting in Virginia, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has released this tipsheet for journalists coping with the death of a colleague. It offers guidance on immediate issues that journalists may need to address, including understanding the challenges, healthy ways to cope, and how to be a supportive colleague.
Jump Start: Accelerating Government Response to a National Biological Crisis
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Health Security, July 2015
This 64-page document examines a scenario in which the United States is suddenly faced with a newly emerged intentional biological threat (biothreat) that could produce catastrophic public health consequences and threaten the economy, government, and social structure. This scenario was presented to 71 leaders who were asked what near-term and long-term policies and programs they would recommend in response to such an emerging crisis. The report condenses the best ideas into a set of proposals for leadership.