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NN/LM Disaster Ready Summit in Wilkes-Barre

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Michele Legate welcomes the participants.

Michele Legate welcomes the participants.

The NN/LM Disaster Ready Summit for public libraries in Northeastern Pennsylvania was a great success.  Over 40 participants were introduced to the NN/LM Disaster Ready Initiative and heard lessons learned advice from fellow NE PA librarians who dealt with flooding, frozen pipes, and fires.

In the afternoon, participants began writing their one page service continuity plan and learned ways to build a disaster readiness culture in their library.

Brief Report on North Carolina Summits

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015



Kevin Cherry offers opening remarks in Durham.

The two summits in North Carolina on April 6th and 7th were fantastic!  In Durham, Kevin Cherry, Deputy Secretary from the Office of Archive and History, offered welcoming remarks, followed by a panel session with two local emergency planners, Mark Schell and Pat Gentry.  Mark and Pat talked about many ways libraries can help them with getting out their message and building community resiliency.  Mark and Pat encouraged participants to include emergency planners and responders in planning events, such as National Library Week.  In the afternoon, Lyn Triplett spoke about the Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team (CREST).

In Asheville, Kelly Brannock, welcomed attendees.  Following her remarks, Kevin Turner, an emergency planner from Buncombe County, spoke about partnership possibilities.  He was particularly interested in exploring the possibility of using the Asheville Public Library as a Family Unification Center and he suggested that libraries provide training in self-reliance, such as gardening and weaving.

Attendees at both summits were quite engaged and I look forward to seeing great outcomes in North Carolina libraries.


Kevin Turner adresses participants in Asheville.


Report of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Summit in Charlottesville, VA

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Normalcy and Intelligence: A forum to discuss ways libraries and information professionals can strengthen a community’s emergency planning strategy

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Central Library of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library System
Charlottesville, Virginia

Ryan McCay, Emergency Planner, Thomas Jefferson Health District
Sammy Chao, Coordinator, Medical Reserve Corps, Thomas Jefferson District
Nick Drauschack, Disaster Services Manager Coordinator, Virginia Mountain Region, American Red Cross
Kirby Felts, Emergency Manager Coordinator, Charlottesville/Albemarle County/University of Virginia
Stacey Arnesen, Branch Chief, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), National Library of Medicine
Charles Werner, Charlottesville Fire Chief

Dan Wilson, Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative

Panelists (left to right): Charles Werner, Stacey Arnesen, Kirby Felts, Nick Drauschack, Sammy Chao, Ryan McCay, John Halliday, Director, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, at the podium

Panelists (left to right): Charles Werner, Stacey Arnesen, Kirby Felts, Nick Drauschack, Sammy Chao, Ryan McCay, John Halliday, Director, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, at the podium

Discussion of a Scenario-based Event

Wilson: Suppose an EF2 tornado (wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph) strikes the southeast side of Charlottesville.  What information sources would you rely on during the first three hours after the destructive tornado?

Werner:  I’ll be the first one responding.  The first reports will come into our Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  We are fortunate here in Charlottesville that all dispatches, whether county, city, or university, come out of one place, the EOC, unlike many other jurisdictions that are stove piped.    During the Tornado Watch we will be watching for reports from Kirby (Emergency Manager Coordinator) and checking our apps, such as iNWS (Interactive National Weather Service).  We are also watching radar on our smartphones and, if needed, adding extra staff.  If a lot of calls suddenly come in to the EOC, our dispatch goes into a red flag operation, and I’ll start talking to Kirby.  Where are the calls coming from? What kind of property damage?  What is the magnitude of the storm?  Kirby then takes the information to the leaders of the city, county, and university to determine if we need to open the EOC.  Then we move into response, which may include calling for mutual aid.


OPAL for LOGIN Meeting Report

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Project OPAL (One Page All Libraries) was the topic of discussion at last Friday’s LOGINCAM00329 (2) meeting at the public library in West Deptford, New Jersey.  The keynote presenter was Dan Wilson, Coordinator for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative.  The meeting started with a greeting from Anne Wodnick, President of LOGIN, follow by comments from Taft Barnet, of the American Red Cross, and Michele Stricker from the New Jersey State Library.