On Wednesday, December 11th, approximately 20 librarians gathered with the Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, and two Tidewater Area emergency planners at the Hampton Public Library. Most of the librarians were affiliated with the Hampton Public Library; however, other libraries in the Tidewater Area of Virginia were present.
Following Dan Wilson’s presentation of the accomplishments and activities of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, Sara Ruch, Deputy Coordinator, Emergency Management Office, City of Hampton, spoke about the ways her office has partnered in the past with the Hampton Public Library, particularly with preparedness activities. She encouraged attendees to contact their local Emergency Management Office to start a partnership. She was certain that any outreach effort would be very welcomed.
Teresa Winstanley, Coordinator/Program Manager for the Peninsula Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), finished the program with an overview of the mission of the MRC and the many ways that they use non-medical volunteers. She also encouraged attendees to reach out to the MRC in their areas and become a volunteer.
All attendees were given the template for the one page disaster plan created by the Lodi Public Library in Lodi, New Jersey. The Lodi plan was created using the NN/LM One Page Service Continuity plan adapted from the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) pocket response plan.
NN/LM and the Virginia State Library are exploring the possibility of returning to the Tidewater Area this spring to offer advanced training.
Comments from Attendees:
Thank you so much for your presentation. The one page plan in particular I think will be useful as we look at updating our current behemoth of an emergency plan as well as look for ways to coordinate better with other City Departments.