Category Archives: Emergency Response

Evacuate or Shelter in Place?

                      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 … Continue reading

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2009 Cologne Archives Collapse: a Firsthand Account

It’s been nearly three years now since the Cologne Archives building collapsed on March 3, 2009.  Below is a firsthand account of the collapse from Bettina Schmidt-Czaia, director of the municipal depository, who was in the building at the time.  The … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing Disasters

Interesting article on the use of social media to assist in determining disaster response…check here:  Crowdsourcing, Disasters, and Trust.

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A Busy Season for the American Red Cross

Since late March of this year, the American Red Cross ( has responded to 42 disasters in the U.S., from fires to floods and tornadoes.  They’ve opened 270 shelters, and handed out over 3 million meals.  Take a look at the map linked … Continue reading

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