Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response


Natural and manmade historical events such as Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Tuskegee study have shaped present approaches to disaster ethics and law. What are the ethical principles foundational to the development of disaster ethics guidance? Where can librarians search for sources of ethics and legal information?

As part of the MLA Disaster Information Specialization Program, the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of the Medical Library Association will be hosting the course: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response.


Incorporation of ethical principles and legal standards into all phases of the disaster cycle is fundamental to effective and fair disaster response, but the complex information landscape makes meeting this goal challenging. This four hour class will provide an overview of the ethical principles and legal standards that have been applied to health care, public health and emergency management in disasters with recommendations for sources of this information.


Barbara Folb, Public Health Informationist, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Patti Reynolds, Director, Bishopric Medical Library, Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Location and Time

 Hagerty Library Drexel University Libraries, 33rd and Market Street, Room L33 on the lower level, Philadelphia, PA 19104

August 21st, 2012


Continuing Education Credit

This class provides 4 MLA CE credits and is one of the required elements for the MLA Disaster Specialization certification. There are no prerequisites for the class. For more information regarding the specialization and a link to the free on demand course, Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics see: (Classes can be taken in any order)

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