Help for Libraries Needing Assistance

Providing information about how libraries can get help in an emergency or disaster is a primary component of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan.  Following are places you can call in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, or New England for getting help with maintaining services (NN/LM) or 24/7 advice on collection recovery.

NN/LM (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):   (800) DEV-ROKS  or  1-800-338-7657  (business hours):DOCLINE, coordination of emergency response among members, resource sharing in emergency, possible funding for replacement equipment.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC):      (978) 470-1010       (24/7): Territory: northeastern states, but will provide telephone advice to anyone about response to and recovery from a disaster that impacts library collections.

Lyrasis:    (800) 999-8558    (24/7): Territory: southeastern/northeastern/mid-Atlantic states–advice about saving collections, health and safety measures in an emergency, referrals to commercial salvage companies, etc.  Onsite assistance available through volunteer network.

Our Approach to Tracking Irene

Over the past several days, we have been sending out alerts about hurricane Irene and referring libraries to preparedness resources available on our site.  We are now past the preparedness stage and are focusing on providing numbers that libraries affected by Irene can use to obtain help.  Underneath the post containing help information are regular updates.

On the left side of the Toolkit is our Twitter feed, which we call NEPR Times.  Here you will find vetted links to news reports about Irene.  We aim to keep readers apprised of major storm events and not refer quickly changing news stories.  As Irene moves up the coast, we will also use NEPR Times to post links from FEMA and the CDC to help them get out the word about shelters and hurricane safety.

Final Preparations at UVA Health Sciences Library

Hurricane Irene is expected to track to the east of Charlottesville.  However, just to be sure and not be caught off guard, we have activated these preparedness actions for the weekend:

  • All members of our Service Continuity team have been contacted to see if they are available this weekend.  Backup plans would be made for anyone not available.
  • To ensure accurate response, all members of our Service Continuity team were sent the most recent copy of our Service Continuity Pocket Response Plan.
  • Weekend staff have been briefed about areas of the library to watch for leaks or flooding and reminded where plastic sheeting is located.
  • Our emergency response coordinator will be contacted by weekend staff  if anything weather-related happens.  He will then activate the service continuity plan, if necessary.