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NLM Resources and Services for Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

As hurricane season continues, Hurricane Harvey recovery is overlapping with Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia. Meanwhile, wildfires are raging in the northwest US, and an earthquake struck Mexico this morning. Now is a good time to focus on the Preparedness Month theme: Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) can help. The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has resources to help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Our information guides on disaster topics and the Disaster Lit® database provide access to curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Find reliable resources in these information guides to current disasters:

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Support

The NNLM focuses on continuity of operations for library and health information services, such as access to biomedical information and DOCLINE interlibrary loan.  The South Central Region of the NNLM provided on the ground support for libraries affected by Hurricane Harvey and created a webpage for the impacted areas (  The Southeastern/Atlantic Region now is preparing to do the same for libraries affected by Hurricane Irma (  

Stay Connected with NLM DIMRC

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