While most of us wouldn’t consider our libraries to be businesses in the traditional sense, we do have some similar features and some shared needs, especially when it comes to planning for business/service continuity. The Homeland Security website has an excellent “Plan to Stay in Business” list for businesses, and if you click on the Continuity Planning link from that page, you will find a more detailed list of activities to help you prepare for an unplanned service disruption. Also available from the Continuity Planning page is their Sample Emergency Plan. It is available in PDF format, which you can quickly fill out right there and then print. Network members will have to do some adapting to make it fit their needs, but it is certainly a great way to help us think through what we need to do. Everyone who has been in any of the training sessions already for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan will recognize most of what is presented on the Ready.gov site, so the site is helpful as a review, also.
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