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From the GMR: Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinators

See the below message from Ruth Holst at the GMR. The Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Minnesota is Paul Dahl, at the Minnesota Department of Health Library.

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A major focus for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) during the current five-year contract is emergency preparedness. Many of your organizations have enhanced their efforts to prepare for natural disasters, man-made disasters, and new security threats, and many of you are already involved in some of that planning.

The NN/LM has been working on a National Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Plan intended to promote emergency preparedness planning among Network Members and to provide some basic tools and resources to assist with this process. To assist with implementation of the National Plan, one Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator has been designated for each state in our region.

The purpose of this message is to announce these individuals to you. Below is the list of Regional Coordinators arranged by state. These ten individuals will comprise the GMR Emergency Preparedness Working Group, which will be chaired by Logan Ludwig of Loyola University Medical Center. The Working Group held its first meeting on April 16th during which Dan Wilson, Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Planning for NN/LM, introduced them to the national plan and facilitated a discussion about goals and issues for the region.

This is just the beginning. You will be hearing more from the Regional Coordinators at your state meetings in the months to come and more information from the GMR about resources and possible training opportunities. We will be using the GMRLIST and the GMR Blog, The Cornflower (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog/) to communicate with you about this important topic.

Ruth
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Regional Coordinators

IL Logan Ludwig, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Chair
IN Joan Zivich, Community Hospital, Munster
IA Linda Walton, University of Iowa, Hardin Library of the Health Sciences, Iowa City
KY Mary Congleton, Southern Kentucky AHEC, Mt. Vernon
MI Barbara Platts, Munson Healthcare, Traverse City
MN Paul Dahl, RN Barr Public Health Library, Minnesota Dept. of Health, St. Paul
ND Ann Pederson, Altru Hospital, Grand Forks
OH Maryann Mlodzik, Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls
SD Pat Hamilton, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City
WI Robert Koehler, Meriter Hospital Park, Madison

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