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Leveraging Libraries and Librarians Webinar Now Available

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Leveraging Libraries and Librarians to Improve Disaster Readiness in Our Nation’s Libraries and Our Communities
Dan Wilson, Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, will present about his experiences advocating for greater disaster readiness in our nation’s libraries. In addition, he will talk about creating a disaster readiness culture at the library he works at (University of Virginia Health Sciences Library) and his role in establishing a Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST) at the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Click on this URL to view webinar: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p7hr32r2hva/

OPAL (One Page All Libraries) Podcast Available

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

On March 25th [New Jersey] State Librarian Mary Chute’s podcast discussion focused on One Page All Libraries (OPAL), a service continuity plan for libraries that helps you get your services up and running again, as quickly as possible, after a disaster. Mary was joined by Michele Stricker, NJSL’s Associate Director of Library Support Services, along with special guest, Dan Wilson, Coordinator for the National Network Libraries of Medicine Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative.

Click on the image above for the podcast.

Tropical Storm Emily

Friday, August 5th, 2011

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.

A Busy Season for the American Red Cross

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Since late March of this year, the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/) 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 here  http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/donation/HowWeAreHelping.pdf  to see the distribution by state of their activities as of June 15, 2011.  I’m struck by the fact that the American Red Cross functions as the good neighbor for the whole country.