Thursday, September 15, 2005

NLM Provides Access to Environmental Health Information Following Hurricane Katrina

The National Library of Medicine's Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division has compiled a new Hurricane Katrina resource page at http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/hurricane.html. This page has toxic chemical and environmental health information resources for health workers and the interested public. SIS has also included links to information on chemicals that may be released as a result of the Katrina disaster and on environmental health concerns following the wind and flood damage.

The page also links to WISER, the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders, at http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov. First responders may download the WISER set of information on 400 toxic chemicals and hazardous materials to a Palm, Pocket PC, or laptop/desktop computer that uses Microsoft Windows. WISER is designed to help identify unknown substances and gives ready access to basic emergency haz-mat information.

Links to TOXMAP (http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov) identify and map locations of facilities that use or transport significant levels of toxic chemicals, and lists the chemicals for each facility. Maps are included for the Katrina-affected states as well as for New Orleans, Biloxi, and Gulfport.

To contact Specialized Information Services for information on toxicology and environmental health:
Customer Service: tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov

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