Online Program

Resources and Apps for Emergency Responders: Information is key for effective disaster preparedness, response, and recovery

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Stacey J. Arnesen, MS, Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
Cynthia B. Love #Env, MLS, Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
April Bennett, B.S., Office of the Director-Bethesda, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Reliable and easily accessible health information is needed before, during, and after disasters. Though response workers receive health and safety training to help them protect themselves and others during response efforts, with changing environments, these trainings can’t address every situation that a response worker may encounter. The National Library of Medicine (NLM)’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) develops and provides access to health information resources and technology for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This session will delve into the wealth of free resources that are available such as mobile apps and websites to assist emergency responders in managing hazmat and Chemical, Biological, Radiation, and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents.  Information on medical management, PPE, fire procedures, and exposure summaries of hundreds of chemicals, as well as radiologic and biologic agents is available from the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), the Chemical Hazards Medical Management (CHEMM) and Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) resources. An app for family reunification following a disaster has also been developed.  Access to journal and non-journal literature (guidelines, reports, websites, and training materials) is also available.  This session will look at all the applications, tools, training systems, and resources that the NLM DIMRC has to offer the emergency and response worker community.

Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify key resources and tools that will enhance professional work or volunteer roles in planning for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and other public health emergencies.

Keyword(s): Emergency Preparedness, Information Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Stacey Arnesen has worked at National Library of Medicine for more than 20 years and involved in disaster information management since 2001.She currently is the Branch Chief for NLM's Disaster Information Management Research Center. She works on several tools and resources to assist in disaster management. She received her M.S. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and her A.B. from Smith College.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.