The NYU Health Sciences Libraries Disaster Shelf Collection, part of the Collection Development Policy we developed as part of a grant-funded project by the National Library of Medicine, provides ready reference materials that could be accessed and used quickly by a variety of medical and clinical staff in the event of a disaster or emergency that results in a severely diminished operational capacity (i.e. loss of power or the internet). This collection is not designed to provide comprehensive information but rather accessible, broad overviews and guidance on a variety of medical topics and disciplines, as well as basic logistical information such as Medical Center and New York City telephone directories and printed copies of campus and city and regional maps.
Working with our Disaster Preparedness team and Departments of Emergency Medicine staff, we created the attached list, which will be housed in protective plastic casing and be ready for unforseen emergency use. In addition to a broad range of titles, the books were chosen specifically so that they could be divided into two plastic wheeled totes, with acceptable weight ranges for a variety of body shapes to carry in times of emergencies.
The books and their receptacles will be stored in NYU Langone Medical Center’s Emergency Management Command Center, an ideal location easily accessible to emergency doctors and staff.
To view the books in our collection, please visit: http://sheet.zoho.com/public/nyuhsl/disaster-prep-shelf-collection.