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This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.
Libraries can and should serve as information disseminators in the case of a disaster, or as sources of information for citizens who want to do their own disaster planning. Here are some resources for librarians who would like to learn how to be disaster specialists in their own communities, as well as information for libraries wishing to expand their disaster information sharing with community members.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Content Syndication
CDC offers this beta release of their content syndication tool, which allows libraries and other non-profit organizations, as well as state and local health agencies, to syndicate CDC content directly to their web sites. Syndication topics include influenza, emergency preparedness, floods, and... zombies?
Disaster Outreach Library Listserv
A discussion forum for librarians and other information specialists to share ideas, get the latest disaster and disaster health information, and promote awareness about outreach and training opportunities.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Disaster Information Specialist Program
This program offers support for librarians wishing to become disaster preparedness specialists within their communities.
University of Florida Information Institute: Hurricane/Disaster Preparedness and Response by Utilizing Florida Public Libraries
This web document (also available as a PDF) outlines efforts by the Information Institute (II) at the University of Florida to identify and raise awareness about public libraries' role in community disaster preparedness. Includes links to findings, key issues, and II's hurricane information portal.