Region 2 Emergency Preparedness and Response Award

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Deadline: Apr 18, 2024 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $20,000

Fields of work: Health Information Technology Disaster Preparedness Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Violence Prevention Domestic Violence Gun Violence Prevention Library Services Show all

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Alabama, Florida, Georgia (US state), Mississippi, Puerto Rico Show all

Location of residency: Alabama, Florida, Georgia (US state), Mississippi, Puerto Rico Show all



The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public's health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, the public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.


The Emergency Preparedness and Response Award supports projects that address natural disasters and local emergencies in the community, using the phases of preparedness, mitigation, recovery, and response. Natural disasters include weather-related emergencies, drought, flood, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Examples of local emergencies include hate crimes, intimate partner violence, and gun violence/shooting. Applicants are encouraged to design their projects using a community-centered model to promote awareness, preparedness, education, training, and safety coordination to improve responses to natural disasters and local emergencies.

Potential Project Ideas

Proposals directed at planning, mitigating, responding, and recovering from disaster and emergency events or reducing and preventing harm from hate, discrimination, and violence, such as:

  • Integrating and promoting NLM’s disaster-related resources, services, and tools into educational program or continuity plans.
  • Evaluating and improving preparedness plans, programs, or policies.
  • Developing audits or evaluation process to determine readiness to respond to a disaster.
  • Preparing organizations to effectively prepare for and/or respond to disasters.
  • Hosting a summit to unite emergency planners and librarians to improve disaster preparedness and response capabilities.
  • Training individuals, professionals, and communities to find disaster health, emergency preparedness and response information resources.
  • Developing response tools that contribute to the continuity of health information-based services and operations.
  • Providing education and professional development on disaster preparedness and response topics.
  • Collaborating with external partner(s) such as the libraries, community, faith-based, and volunteer organizations, hospitals, and first responders to develop programs or engage in joint exercises that enhance coordination of resources in response, to develop community response in creative ways.
  • Initiating a “blessing box” and/or community fridge program to support community members.

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  • Network member organizations in Region 2 are eligible to apply: (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands)
  • Organizations, in most cases, are only eligible to apply for awards from the Regional Medical Library that serves the state in which they operate in.
    • Please contact the RML for further clarification. 
  • All projects must:
    • Incorporate one or more National Library of Medicine resources.
    • Increase access to high quality biomedical and health information 
    • Improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations 
    • Improve access to libraries and information services

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  • Priority will be given to projects that: 
    • Feature first-time applicants; are from faith-based, community-based, public health, or public education sector professionals or organizations; support Spanish-speaking, Indigenous, and/or rural communities; or are from states/territories that have not received as much funding previously
    • Reach underserved, minority and underrepresented communities including, but not limited to:
      • Racial and ethnic minority populations
      • LGBTQIA+ populations 
      • Populations reported below the Federal Poverty Level
      • Populations with limited access to medical care
      • Populations with physical and/or mental disabilities
      • Soldiers, veterans and military families
      • Rural populations
      • Urban populations
      • Older Adults
    • Demonstrate principles of accessibility, cultural competency, and inclusivity 
    • Include training and outreach about NLM resources 
    • Describe strategies for sustainability of the project after one year 


  • Food, promotional items, and furniture are not allowable expenses.

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This page was last reviewed March 28, 2023 and last updated March 28, 2023