Places that Serve Us Well Every Day, Serve Us Best When Disaster Strikes

Well poised to disseminate public information, libraries have served as emergency shelters, cooling centers during heat waves, sites for blood drives and inoculations, and a place to fill out electronic relief forms. Libraries have the infrastructure to serve as a health information services portal to emergency responders, the public health workforce, patients, and consumers during disaster.

Join us in a lively discussion about how libraries can actively function as disaster and emergency planning, response and recovery centers by partnering with emergency responders to provide vital resources to the community.


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About Dana Abbey

Dana Abbey serves as the Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental region. She works to improve the public’s access to reliable information to enable informed decisions regarding health, and to enhance access to evidence-based research for clinicians and the public health workforce to advance patient outcomes.