Using Twitter to Counteract Hype (#Ebola) – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 4, 2014)

From Wikimedia Commons: Ebola virions; Ebola virus particles In the last week, I don't think there has been a moment when the trending hashtags display on my Twitter page has NOT listed "Ebola." This is in part due to the attention resulting from two American healthcare providers having been infected with the Ebola virus while … Continue reading Using Twitter to Counteract Hype (#Ebola) – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 4, 2014)

Preparedness — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of April 7, 2014)

It seems like now every week has so many incredible conversations going on that it is hard to choose a topic for these weekly posts. This week I was saved by the synchronicity of two separate tags with similar themes. The annual Preparedness Summit conference was going on (#PS14), and then the weekly medical librarians … Continue reading Preparedness — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of April 7, 2014)

Storm victims, in cleanup, face rise in injuries and illness

From the New York Times: Day and night, victims of Hurricane Sandy have been streaming into ad hoc emergency rooms and relief centers, like the MASH-type medical unit on an athletic field in Long Beach, and the warming tent in the Rockaways the size of a small high school gym. They complain of rashes, asthma … Continue reading Storm victims, in cleanup, face rise in injuries and illness

National Library of Medicine releases “SuperStorm” Sandy web page

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has developed a list of health information resources which can now be found on the “SuperStorm” Sandy web page.  This page provides links to overviews, state specific sites, cleanup and recovery information, mental health information, multi-language resources, social media information, apps and widgets, and more.  Information … Continue reading National Library of Medicine releases “SuperStorm” Sandy web page

Still interested in information on the disaster in Japan in 2011?

Check out jdarchive.org, a project of the Internet Archive, Harvard's Reischauer Institute, the Library of Congress and many organizations in Japan, that collects and organizes the masses of information generated around the world by the events of March 2011 and following. The  map archive lets you choose from a variety of types, including nuclear power … Continue reading Still interested in information on the disaster in Japan in 2011?

Crisis standards of care – Disaster response

Just out from the National Academies Press is Crisis Standards of Care: A Systems Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response. Catastrophic disasters occurring in 2011 in the United States and worldwide--from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, to the earthquake in New Zealand--have demonstrated that even prepared communities can be … Continue reading Crisis standards of care – Disaster response

Lecture – The Fukushima Disaster: Law, Politics, and Compensation in Japan

Eric Feldman, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak today on the compensation committee set up by the Japanese government in the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant destruction last year. The March 11, 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan left hundreds of thousands of people homeless, jobless, and … Continue reading Lecture – The Fukushima Disaster: Law, Politics, and Compensation in Japan