A quick review of the “NEPR Times” Twitter feed (see left side bar, “Library Closings & Related Tweets”), provides an interesting study of the kinds of events that can cause library closings. Over the past ten days (January 18-January 27), here’s the distribution:
Especially if you’re new to this site, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page (see top or side menu). We’ve tried to answer questions that will help you find what you’re looking for on the site and to know whom to contact for help or more information about emergency preparedness/response and service continuity. Do you have a question that isn’t answered in the FAQs? Just send it along to Susan Yowell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dan Wilson (email@example.com) and we will do our best to answer it.
What is a TTE, you ask? TTE is the acronym for a key piece of emergency management and planning, the Table-Top Exercise. Over the past three years, we’ve used various TTEs in our training with NN/LM members and other groups, and they are always motivating and effective. They place people in roles in an emergency scenario and generate some very interesting and productive insights. Check our new “Table-Top Exercises” page (or see the top menu) for more information about TTEs and for two exercises we’ve written to help get you started.
According to the CDC, flu activity most commonly peaks in January and February. Click on this URL, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/WeeklyFluActivityMap.htm, to see the latest summary of flu activity in the United States. As you will see, the flu is currently widespread in many states.
Click on this URL, http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6671751.html, for a summary of a session on active shooters at the 2009 ALA Conference. The session was moderated by University of California-Davis librarian Amy Kautzman and featured a panel of two law enforcement officers. It’s a short read with some very good suggestions.
On Thanksgiving Day, flooding occurred at the Ferndale Public Library (Michigan) when the library’s rainwater treatment system malfunctioned. The library is currently closed and is hoping to open again in February. Click on this URL, http://www.ferndale.lib.mi.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103, for a very nice update of the situation from the Ferndale Library Board of Trustees.
Back in June 2008, five feet of water rushed into the Cedar Rapids Public Library from the nearby Cedar River. Two-thirds of the library’s collection was lost and the remaining materials were relocated to another temporary site. Plans for a new Cedar Rapids Public Library have now been released with a completion date of July 2013.