Still a ways out, but here is AccuWeather’s forecast of rain and wind for cities along the currently predicted path of Hurricane Irene.
Libraries in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and New England have less than three days to put plans in place for the potential impact of Hurricane Irene. If your library is within or near the projected path (see map below) you should be making plans now as it’s currently looking like Irene will make landfall over the weekend. What should you be planning?
- make sure weekend staff know how to contact the appropriate individuals should problems occur
- weekend staff should also be aware of where your sheets of plastic are kept in the event of leaks or flooding
- have a plan in place to announce closing information through multiple sources
- have a copy of your disaster plan, preferably your one-page Service Continuity PReP
- have contact information for your backup library and your Regional Medical Library (1-800-DEV-ROKS)
Rick Peterson, Deputy Director of the Duke University Medical Center Library, has initiated a test of the North Carolina HSLs email communication system in preparation for possible landfall of Hurricane Irene later this week. Representatives of libraries participating in their Mutual Aid Agreement are currently responding to Rick’s test message. Following this test, the backup communication system will also be tested. Kudos to North Carolina for leading the way in demonstrating how a state or network can respond collectively to a disaster.
FEMA is asking residents of Florida and the East Coast to be aware of the progress of Tropical Storm Emily. See the FEMA update: http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=57048.
In the midst of a very active tornado season, libraries in hurricane prone areas should begin making hurricane preparations. You will find many resources on this Toolkit to assist you. Please let us know if you need any help finding them.
Here’s an interesting time-lapse video of the 2010 hurricane season:
Click the following URL for a list of names for the 2011 season: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/basics.shtml
May 22-28 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. Check out the “Key Facts About Hurricane Readiness” page on the CDC site: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/readiness_factsheet.asp, especially if you are in the southeastern, southern, and Atlantic seaboard areas of the U. S.