HHS and NLM Provide Disaster Information Online

With wildfires decimating tens-of-thousands of acres, particularly in California, and a busy 2009 hurricane season only half over, the NLM and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are providing comprehensive online health and safety information.

The NLM Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) provides guides and online resources that are especially useful for public health and emergency planners. Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness is a resource providing links to Web sites featuring emergency preparedness for special populations including people with disabilities, senior citizens, women, and children. A page on wildfires includes information on how to prepare and protect yourself from wildfires, including how the smoke and particulate matter may affect your health. A page on hurricanes provides information on emergency preparedness, recovery, and environmental health information for those caught in the path of a hurricane. There’s also a special page on disaster preparedness, recovery and environmental health.

The popular NLM consumer health Web site, MedlinePlus.gov, contains disaster information for the general public with information available in both English and Spanish. Topics include floods, hurricanes and disaster preparation and recovery. En español: huracanes, inundaciones and preparativos y recuperacion ante un desastre.

Additionally, a complete list of disaster health web link pages can be found on the Web site of the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center.

The HHS provides comprehensive online health and safety information for the public, first responders and health professionals caught in the paths of hurricanes or tropical storms.