EP&R Summit in Hampton, VA

IMG_2119-001On 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.

Hampton Speakers

Teresa Winstanley, Dan Wilson, Sarah Ruch

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.

Is Your Library Disaster Ready?

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Take the test.  Answer Yes or No to the 15 elements of a library at a state of disaster readiness listed below.  How many times did you respond with a Yes?  Want a better score?  Our training program can create a disaster readiness culture in your library.  In addition, we can help you become part of your community’s emergency planning strategy by connecting you with emergency planners. Want more information? Contact Dan Wilson, Coordinator, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, at 434-924-0193 or dtw2t@virginia.edu.  You may also contact your regional NN/LM library at 1-800-DEV-ROKS.

Here are some libraries we’ve worked with in the past year:
Washington County Free Library (Maryland)
West Deptford Public Library (New Jersey)
Eastern Shore Regional Library (Maryland)
New Jersey State Library

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Becoming Agents of Community Resilience

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Click on the image above to view the article that Susan Yowell and Dan Wilson wrote about roles for libraries and people that work for libraries in supporting community disaster resilience.  The article appeared in the Jul/Aug 2013 edition of Information Outlook: The Magazine of the Special Libraries Association.  Please send comments to me at danwilson@virginia.edu.

Evacuate or Shelter in Place?

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This is a great resource for deciding when to evacuate and when to shelter in place, and it can easily be customized for use at your library.  Post it to inform patrons and staff, and also use it as a tool for carrying out drills with your public services staff.  (Check with your safety officials first to ensure that it complies with their procedures.)  Kudos to the staff at the University of Virginia Office of Emergency Preparedness for putting it together.  Click on the image above to see the entire page.

Ports in a Storm was a Great Success!

Click on this URL for a Storified view of tweets made during the conference: http://storify.com/618730/ports-in-a-storm-the-library-as-disaster-recovery?utm_campaign=&utm_source=t.co&utm_content=storify-pingback&awesm=sfy.co_gHhF&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter

Here are some pictures:

Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM Mid Atlantic Region; Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian

Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM Mid Atlantic Region; Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian

Pat Tumulty, executive director of the NJLA; Renae Barger, NN/LM MAR; Barbara Lilley, New York State Library;  Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian; Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL & Certifed Preservation Management Consultant

Pat Tumulty, executive director of the NJLA; Renae Barger, NN/LM MAR; Barbara Lilley, New York State Library; Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian; Cheryl O’Connor, Executive Director of LibraryLinkNJ; Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL &
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Barbara Lilley, New York State Library

Barbara Lilley, New York State Library

Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL & Certifed Preservation Management Consultant; Dan Wilson, Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative

Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL &
Certifed Preservation Management Consultant; Dan Wilson, Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative

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Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center; Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM MAR; George DiFerdinando, Director, NJ Center for Pub. Health Preparedness; Beth Hassek: Medical Reserve Corps; Wayne Jones, Disaster Coordinator of the NJ United Methodist Church; Alan Z Aiches: FEMA; Cathy McCann: NJ Volunteers Active in Disasters (VOAD); Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian; (Not pictured: Tim Settles, American Red Cross)

Ports in a Storm Conference, April 8, in Eatontown, New Jersey

Registration: http://clrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013-04-08-NJSL-Ports-InThe-Storm-Registration-Flyer.pdf

Program

8:30-9:00
Coffee & Continental Breakfast

Welcome & Introductions
9:00-9:30
Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian & conference partners

Lessons Learned from Super Storm Sandy
9:30-10:30
-Pat Tumulty, Executive Director of NJLA on advocacy during the storm, and how New Jersey libraries made their case during Hurricane Sandy.

-Barbara Lilley, New York State Library, will speak on the Office of Cultural Education’s coordinated response to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, before, during and after, and the NYS Library’s outreach efforts to customers, and partnership with NYS Office of Emergency Management.

Break
10:30-10:45 

Ports in a Storm: The Library as Community Emergency Response Center
10:45-12:00 
-Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL & Certified Preservation Management Consultant
-Dan Wilson, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

How libraries can step into emergency response and recovery roles in their community. Information, strategies, and resources will be discussed so that a library of any size may position itself to serve its community as an unofficial disaster recovery center.

Lunch
12:00-1:00 

NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center: Support for librarians providing disaster information outreach to their communities
1:00-2:00 

-Staff from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov

Learn about training and networking support available for librarians who are interested in disaster information. Includes an overview of the free online disaster health information tools and resources developed by NLM to assist librarians, healthcare providers, first responders and the public.

Disaster Health Information Outreach Projects
2:00-2:15  

-Staff from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center

The Disaster Information Management Research Center and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine have provided funding support for outreach and collaboration projects related to disaster health information. Projects will be highlighted to demonstrate collaborations between librarians and community partners with disaster-related responsibilities.http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfofunding.html.

Community Partners Supporting Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery Efforts
2:15-4:30  

-Facilitated by Dan Wilson, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Coordinator

Speakers representing organizations with disaster-related responsibilities will discuss their responsibilities and roles in disaster preparedness, response and recovery, as well as opportunities for library and community involvement to support their efforts.

  • Rev. Wayne Jones, Disaster Coordinator for the Greater NJ Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Dr. George DiFerdinando, Director, NJ Center for Public Health Preparedness
  • Tim Settles: American Red Cross
  • Cathy McCann: New Jersey Volunteers Active in Disasters (VOAD)
  • Beth Hassek: Medical Reserve Corps
  • Alan Z. Aiches:  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Presented by the New Jersey State Library, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region, LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, and New Jersey Library Association

Registration Information: http://clrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013-04-08-NJSL-Ports-InThe-Storm-Registration-Flyer.pdf