Unity for the Community: a report of the panel discussion during the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit at the Washington County Free Public LibrarySaturday, January 25th, 2014
Each one of us, every day, is in one element of the emergency management cycle. We are either in mitigation, preparedness, response, or recovery. And mixed in with all of this are drills and table-top exercises. – Verna Brown
The summit took place in Hagerstown, Maryland, on January 23, 2014. The panel discussion reported here followed a summary of the mission of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative by Dan Wilson. The two panelists were Verna Brown, Emergency Management Coordinator for Washington County, Maryland, and Shawn Stoner, Washington County Public Health Emergency Planner. The questions are from Dan Wilson and summit attendees. Additional training took place in the afternoon, including the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning, a table-top exercise, and an After Action Review.
Based on what you heard this morning, what roles do you see libraries possibly playing in your future planning?
Libraries could play a very important part in our planning. We need to sit down soon and work on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). You could help us develop Family Assistance Centers (FAC) that are designed to assist with family unification. There’s also the need for Disaster Relief Centers (DRC). Would this be a good place to have a DRC? Absolutely. If this library would like to be added to the list, that would be great. And I would encourage library participation at any one of our committees. Outreach programs and partnerships are very important to us in emergency management.