Take the Library Disaster Readiness Test

On a sheet of paper, give yourself a tick mark for each time you answer Yes to one the 15 elements of a library at a state of disaster readiness listed below.  Add up your score.  Most libraries will score between 0 and 5.  It is our goal to provide tools and training to create a disaster ready culture in libraries so that scores will be above 10.  Do you want a better score?  Contact me, Dan Wilson, Coordinator for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, at 434-924-0193 or danwilson@virginia.edu.  You may also contact your regional NN/LM library at 1-800-DEV-ROKS.

  1.  We have a response station that includes ready access to flashlights, first aid kit, bullhorn, plastic, and a battery operated radio.
  2. We have a one page disaster plan that is updated at least twice per year.
  3. We regularly drill our staff on how to respond to unplanned incidents, such as tornadoes, shooter, and HAZMAT incidents.
  4. We have a plan for communicating with staff and patrons. Procedures are in place for updating website, Facebook, and/or Twitter from a remote location. 
  5. We practice situation awareness reporting (What, When, and Where) before, during, and after a service disruption.
  6. We have a disaster team.
  7. We perform at least one evacuation drill per year.
  8. We take part in at least one table-top exercises per year.
  9. Our core print materials are easily available if power is down or internet is compromised.
  10. The servers that house core online resources are on extended or unlimited emergency power.
  11. We have a Mutual Aid Agreement with another library to assist us in the delivery of core services.
  12. We have a partnership (contract not required) with a commercial salvage and recovery company (e.g., Belfor, BMS, Munters) for recovery of valuable and hard to replace materials.
  13. All our disaster team members practice 72-hour home preparedness.
  14. We conduct an After-action Review within 14 days of a service disruption.
  15. We are part of our parent institution’s/ community’s emergency plan.
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