Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event: Resources from National Library of Medicine and more

The National Library of Medicine reminds users of three resources of special interest to those who need to learn more about or have urgent access to health information related to tsunamis, earthquakes, and radiation emergencies affecting Japan.


Clinicians who need to learn about assessing and managing radiation emergencies are urged to use the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) web site at http://remm.nlm.gov. Selected key files from REMM are also available for downloading on mobile devices from http://www.remm.nlm.gov/downloadmremm.htm. The entire REMM web site can be downloaded to a laptop or desktop computer for use where there is no Internet connection.


The NLM Emergency Access Initiative, http://eai.nlm.nih.gov, has been activated in support of medical efforts in Japan. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 230 biomedical journals and over 65 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection – it is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts in Japan, please let them know of this service. NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative.


A new page of links to information on "Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event – March 2011" is now available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/japan2011.html. The resources on this page may help with understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami, and possible nuclear power plant disruptions. Resources from the National Library of Medicine, US federal agencies, and other key resources are listed for responders, health professionals, and the general public.

Safety is No Accident – National Public Health Week 2011 is April 4-10

"Injuries are not accidents, and we can prevent them from happening. Taking actions such as wearing a seatbelt, properly installing and using child safety seats, wearing a helmet and storing cleaning supplies in locked cabinets are important ways to proactively promote safety and prevent injuries."


APHA’s National Public Health Week web site is full of information about injury prevention, and what can be done by you, public health people, to "educate Americans that Safety is No Accident." It includes safety tips, news, events, and much more, including the NPHW Blog.

Be sure to check out the Public Health Library’s NPHW display in the library: