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- Response station that includes posted response procedures and ready access to tools (e.g., flashlights, first aid kit, bullhorn, plastic, battery operated radio, etc.) for handling an emergency
- One-page Service Continuity Pocket Response Plan (PReP) updated at least quarterly
- Shelter-in-place location(s) for tornadoes, shooter, HAZMAT incidents
- Communication plan that incorporates redundancy of communication (such as what to do if cell phones don’t work) and procedures for updating website, Facebook, and/or Twitter. Situation reporting.
- A disaster team with the following representation: 1. EP&R Coordinator; 2. Agency Administrator (usually the library director); 3. Communications Coordinator; 4. Information Technology Coordinator; 5. Facilities Liaison; 6. Online Content Coordinator; 7. Staffing Coordinator; and 8. Special Collections Coordinator (smaller libraries are likely to have one person covering multiple roles)
- At least one scheduled evacuation drill per year
- Two table-top exercises per year (one for a planned incident and one for an unplanned incident)
- Core print materials available if power is down or internet is compromised
- Servers with core online resources on extended or unlimited emergency power
- Mutual Aid Agreements with other libraries or networks for delivery of core services
- Prioritized recovery list of all valuable and hard to replace materials
- Partnership (contract not required) with commercial salvage and recovery company (e.g., Belfor, BMS, Munters) for recovery of valuable and hard to replace materials
- 72-hour emergency kits at the homes of all members of the disaster team
- After-action Review within 7 days of a service disruption