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How to become an organ donor? How to receive a new kidney? Why to wear red this Friday? How or where to register to vote? Look for the answers at the US government blog, maintained by the Office of Citizen Services and Communications, U.S. General Services Administration.

The blog "covers a wide range of topics related to government agencies: elections and voting, finance and investing, consumer topics, holidays, health and safety, and more. Provides links to relevant sources for federal government and other websites".

From the Librarian's Internet Index.

Winter Storm Season in California

The storm season has not ended yet, so this is a good opportunity to get some useful information. The California Office of Emergency Services (OES) has posted a collection of links about “preparing for and coping with the results of the high winds and heavy rain and snow in California in January 2008. Includes links to situation reports and press releases, a list of open shelters and warming centers, and information about current weather conditions, weather safety, and highway status”.

From The Librarian Internet Index

The November 2007 Oil Spill in the Bay Area Data

There are a number of websites with information related to the November 2007 spilling 58,000 gallons of bunker oil in the Bay Area when the container ship M/V Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Spills and Events: Cosco Busan Spill site run by the California Department of Fish and Game contains information and updates about the environmental impacts and mitigation responses to the November 2007 oil spill. It includes fact sheet, maps, and links to slideshow of oil spill response images.

Citizen Oil Spill Response website maintained by Baykeeper, a nonprofit organization concerned with the protection and restoration of water quality in the San Francisco, provides details about volunteer activities. It includes alerts about training opportunities and action alerts, and links to background about the spill and cleanup and restoration efforts.

Incident News site "provides publicly available information related to oil and hazardous material spills, both current and historical." It lists various documents for the incident in Bay Area, rescue of wayward humpback whales in California's Sacramento River, and many other incidents back to 1967. It is developed and maintained by the Emergency Response Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration.

Oiled Wildlife Care Network Frequently Asked Questions address topics about the effect of oil on birds and marine mammals, such as toxicity, long-term effects, wildlife reproduction, and rehabilitation time for oiled birds. It provides an overview of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which "is a joint program between the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Health Center," and includes network organization through the state.

National Response Center website would be a good source of information regarding past environmental disasters; however the most current info listed there is from October, 2007 and does not include the Bay Area incident yet. It contains background on the response system, summaries of significant environmental and terrorist incidents reported to the center (back to 2004), incident statistics (including by type and by cause, back to 1991), and related documents and data.

From: Internet Librarians' Index

Thanksgiving data

Facts and statistics about turkeys, cranberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, holiday shopping, places named Plymouth, and more. Includes quotes and audio clips, and a brief history of the holiday can be found at the U.S. Census Bureau news site.

From: Librarians' Internet Index

"Letters: 1938-1946 "- A New Exhibit at the Holocaust Center in San Francisco

A new exhibit at The Holocaust Center of Northern California called "Letters: 1938-1946" is available for viewing, beginning November 5, 2007.

"During Nazi occupation many European families found themselves separated - on one site family members safely living in the United States or England, and on the other - family and friends living under threat of extermination. The letters on display, selected from collections of the HCNC Archives, were written by those trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe. Letters sent to them are lost. Each letter is just one small part of a true story of real men, women and children trapped by dangerous events in a terrible time. The love, anguish, persistence, courage and heartbreak they express are a testament to each individual, the lives they led and those they lost”.

The Holocaust Center of Northern California, located at the 121 Steuart Street, Suite 10 in San Francisco, is dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust through its commitment to education, documentation, research, and the recording of oral testimonies of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust.

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