There’s an App for That: Information Resources for Disaster Preparedness and Response
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Background: Quick and easy access to disaster health information is needed during all four phases of the emergency management cycle: Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation.1 Health professionals and responders need to be fully aware of the best disaster health information resources and tools. Several organizations, including the National Library of Medicine (NLM), develop and provide authoritative, high-quality health information and tools for disaster preparation and response.2 Purpose: To develop and provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Description: The Texas A&M University’s Medical Sciences Library and the College of Nursing developed a web page (http://tamu.libguides.com/redirect) that categorizes high-quality health information resources and disaster preparedness/response tools according to disaster response roles. Categories include: First Responders/EMS; Healthcare Providers; Public Health/Planner; and General Public. The page is formatted to fit screen sizes of various devices, including phones and tablets. Impact or Results: Disaster responders and preparedness teams can easily access a focused set of apps and other resources with multiple functions. For example, WISER advises on hazardous substances, including substance identification, containment and suppression advice, radiological tools, and medical treatment information. The public can download preparedness tools to their devices and develop their digital “go-kits”. Apps are mapped to their corresponding emergency management cycle phase(s). Health professionals, responders, policymakers, and the public can access the right information at the right time to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. References 1. Grand Traverse County Emergency Management. (2019). What is emergency management? Retrieved from https://www.grandtraverse.org/379/What-is-Emergency-Management 2. Love C, Arnesen S, Phillips S, Windom R. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center: Achieving the vision, 2010–2013. Inf Serv Use. 2014;34(1-2):149-170. doi:10.3233/isu-140731
Disaster Response Roles
Emergency Management Cycle
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