How many disasters were there in 2019? According to FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, there were 101 natural disaster declarations in the United States alone. That is about one in every three days. You may not think that it significant unless it happens in your area. The fact that a declaration is made, means that financial assistance is needed from the government.
There is good news to help prepare you for disasters if you know one is headed your way. The Disaster Information Management Research Center database has a surplus of information to assist you. The best part is that their home page has current information about disasters or health emergencies happening now such as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
There are several categories to assist you with the information in your search.
Disaster Literature contains Pub Med, Pub Med Central, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), Disaster Health Information Search Guide, Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), and NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2).
CBRNE/Hazmat covers WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders), CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management), REMM (Radiological Emergency Medical Management), Chemical Emergencies, Radiological Emergencies, Biological Agents, Training/Education on CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, high yield Explosives) Resources, and CBRNE/Hazmat Apps.
Lastly, one of the most valuable sections that encompasses it all is Special Topics. It consists of Disaster Apps, Coping with Disasters, Children and Pregnant Women in Disasters, Handling Animals, Mass Gatherings, Disaster Recovery, Ethics in Disaster Medicine, and Government Sources.
With spring right around the corner and the many possible natural disasters it can bring, the Disaster Information Management Research Center database is a great resource for everyone. It can be accessed directly from the Databases page under Find on the library homepage.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 23 No. 2, Spring 2020.