Packing Your Digital Go Bag - Section 12: Conclusion

Section 12: Conclusion


In this course, we have looked at some important apps and mobile-optimized Web sites that the disaster workforce may want installed on their mobile devices for preparedness and response activities. We started by considering items found in a typical disaster go bag and how a digital go bag can put the right information at your fingertips at the right time.

We looked at apps that provide specific disaster information such as for CBRNE and hazardous substances, medical and health information, responder safety, psychological health, surveillance and alerts, and family reunification. We also explored apps from U.S. Federal organizations and the American Red Cross, as well as other helpful digital tools.

Photo of a room of about a dozen members of various areas of the disaster workforce, apparently planning a response or preparedness activity.
Photo of a tornado touching down over a remote field and dirt road.
Photo of a firefighter looking on as an information specialist or other responder consults information on a tablet.

Apps for Your Digital Go Bag: Tips

To conclude, consider the following tips for your digital go bag:

  • Know your apps and what they can and cannot do for you. Remember to test connectivity needs using Airplane mode.
  • Keep your apps updated to ensure you have the latest information when you are involved in or called upon to respond to a disaster.
  • Remember your password for Apple iTunes, Google Play, BlackBerry World, Windows, social media, or any other services upon which you may rely for items in your digital go bag.
  • Share promotional materials about NLM Disaster Health Information with your community.


Course Summary

Thank you for completing Packing Your Digital Go Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device!

In conclusion, we have covered the following topics in this course:

  • Introduction: What Is in Your Go Bag?
  • Apps 101: Know Your Apps
  • Apps for CBRNE and Hazardous Substances
  • Apps for Medical and Health Information
  • Apps for Responder Safety
  • Apps for Psychological Health
  • Apps from U.S. Federal Organizations
  • American Red Cross Suite of Apps
  • Apps for Surveillance and Alerts
  • Apps for Family Reunification
  • Social Media and Other Tools

Now that you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the need for a digital go bag in conjunction with your physical go bag for disaster preparedness and response.
  • Locate mobile apps related to disaster preparedness and response.
  • Determine connectivity capabilities for using mobile apps during a disaster or emergency.
  • Organize mobile apps related to disaster preparedness and response.

Additional Resources

Disaster Glossaries

Glossaries of disaster terminology are useful for searching literature and creating reports relevant to the disaster workforce.


NLM Disaster Health Tools and Guides

We also recommend using other NLM disaster and emergency response tools and the guide to disaster medicine and public health literature. Many of the tools and concepts discussed in this course are covered in the guide.


Disaster Libraries and Resource Centers

The NLM Disaster Health Web site contains a wealth of current, reliable, and authoritative information. It is a great starting point for activities related to disaster health information. However, other collections of disaster health literature are available. Several libraries and resource centers manage the kinds of information introduced in this course.


Additional Training Resources

We encourage you to learn more about the disaster information model curriculum and the Medical Library Association's Disaster Information Specialization. This is just one of many courses related to numerous competencies for disaster information specialists. We hope that you are finishing this course feeling enthusiastic about learning more.

NLM Disaster Health also maintains a list of current courses relevant to disaster information offered through other government agencies and professional associations. We encourage you to explore the many resources available through these established organizations.

NLM Disaster Health Contact Information

To get in touch with us, contact NLM Disaster Health. We would love to hear your feedback on the center, Web site, tools, and courses.

National Library of Medicine
Disaster Information Management Research Center — DIMRC
Specialized Information Services
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 510
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-496-1131 / Toll Free: 1-888-FIND-NLM (346-3656)


Post-Course Evaluation

Now that you have completed the course, please continue to the next page and take a few moments to answer a few questions about your experience with disaster health information resources. If you are taking this course for Medical Library Association credits, and neglected to register through the free online registration system, please contact DIMRC at