Disaster/Emergency Preparedness

Mobile App Reviews: PFA Mobile

PFA Mobile is a free app produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the Center for PTSD, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and the DoD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology. The app provides guidance and resources for mental health providers and responders assisting affected children, families, and adults during an organized emergency response effort.

Website Reviews: Ready.gov

Ready.gov is a website created by FEMA to foster citizen and business preparedness in the event of a disaster, whether natural or otherwise. The website provides information regarding various types of disasters, as well as instructions for what to do when disaster strikes one’s community and how to prepare and maintain ‘kits’ of necessary supplies and/or documents.

Website Reviews: Weather Ready Nation

Weather Ready Nation is a portal for a number of different National Weather Service programs and outreach initiatives. It is aimed primarily at private citizens, and contains information relevant to U.S. citizens nationwide, with general preparedness information and specialized sections on types of severe weather commonly encountered in various parts of the United States.

Website Reviews: SF72.org

SF72.org is a website created by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) in an attempt to make the most of social media for effective emergency preparation and response. SF72’s main objective is to get San Franciscans to think about how their existing social networks could help them during and immediately following an emergency.

Available from Government Agencies

Learn about apps developed by FEMA and the National Library of Medicine

Available from Non-Profit Organizations

Learn about apps developed by the American Red Cross

Emergency Preparedess and Disaster Resources for Libraries

Nebraska Library Commission, NCompass Live Webinar (recorded January 5, 2011) -- available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM532wU9Xbk&noredirect=1.

General Disaster/Emergency Preparedness Materials

Disaster outreach materials from the ALA and libraries throughout the country

A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders Toolkit

Handout created for a class developed in 2012 as part of a Medical Library Association project funded by the National Library of Medicine. This class covered the basics of initiating and developing relationships with all relevant local, state, and federal officials and agencies as well as with emergency responders.

Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

PowerPoint presentation for webinar (conducted by the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center) on key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities.