The Disaster Planning Handbook for Libraries

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 Libraries are in a unique position to aid communities during times of adversity, and this comprehensive handbook’s practical tools and expert guidance will help ensure that your library is thoroughly prepared for emergency response and recovery.

Your library is a vital information hub and resource provider every single day, and that’s doubly true when calamity strikes. In fact, your library’s role as an “essential community function” during disasters is now encoded in U.S. law. Engaging as a partner in planning and preparedness will build much-needed community support should disaster strike, and even a basic plan will also save you time and stress later on. No matter where your library is in the disaster planning cycle, this handbook will make the process clearer and less daunting. You’ll get tools, activities, easy-to-adapt templates, and hands-on guidance on such topics as

  • the six phases of disaster response;
  • 15 first-hand accounts of library disaster planning or responses, helping you identify the library services most needed during a disaster;
  • three essential factors that will shape the form of your disaster plan;
  • preparing for hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, and earthquakes;
  • ideas for connecting with your community’s emergency response teams; 
  • federal government planning resources;
  • pointers on working with state and local governments;
  • a sample Memorandum of Understanding to outline mutual support for a speedier recovery;
  • recommended courses and training, many of which are free;
  • targeted advice for archives and special collections;
  • sample building inspection checklists; and
  • recommended games to help children and families prepare.
ISBN: 9780838937990
Published: 2021
Publisher: ALA Editions
Sku: 9780838937990

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