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

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

Panelists:
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

Moderator:
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.

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OPAL for LOGIN Meeting Report

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.

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Unity for the Community: a report of the panel discussion during the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit at the Washington County Free Public Library

Each one of us, every day, is in one element of the emergency management cycle.  We are either in mitigation, preparedness, response, or recovery.  And mixed in with all of this are drills and table-top exercises. – Verna Brown

The summit took place in Hagerstown, Maryland, on January 23, 2014. The panel discussion reported here followed a summary of the mission of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative by Dan Wilson. The two panelists were Verna Brown, Emergency Management Coordinator for Washington County, Maryland, and Shawn Stoner, Washington County Public Health Emergency Planner.  The questions are from Dan Wilson and summit attendees.  Additional training took place in the afternoon, including the 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning, a table-top exercise, and an After Action Review.

Shawn Stoner, Verna Brown, and Julie Zamostny, Continuing Education Coordinator, Washington County Public Libraries

Shawn Stoner, Verna Brown, and Julie Zamostny, Continuing Education Coordinator, Washington County Public Libraries

Based on what you heard this morning, what roles do you see libraries possibly playing in your future planning?

Libraries could play a very important part in our planning.  We need to sit down soon and work on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). You could help us develop Family Assistance Centers (FAC) that are designed to assist with family unification.  There’s also the need for Disaster Relief Centers (DRC).  Would this be a good place to have a DRC?  Absolutely.  If this library would like to be added to the list, that would be great.  And I would encourage library participation at any one of our committees.  Outreach programs and partnerships are very important to us in emergency management.

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Report of the NN/LM/New England Region Extreme Weather Disaster Summit

Dan Wilson, Liz Foley, Chris Montiverdi, Cindy Hahn, Siobhan Champ-Blackwell.  Photo by Susan Yowell.

Dan Wilson, Liz Foley, Chris Montiverdi, Cindy Hahn, Siobhan Champ-Blackwell. Photo by Susan Yowell.

Click on the link below to see the report of the NN/LM/New England Region Extreme Weather Disaster Summit that took place on November 22, 2013, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Special thanks to Meredith Solomon, Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Cindy Hahn, Liz Foley, Chris Montiverdi, and Susan Yowell, for all their contributions.

NNLM NER Disaster Summit

EP&R Summit in Hampton, VA

IMG_2119-001On Wednesday, December 11th, approximately 20 librarians gathered with the Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, and two Tidewater Area emergency planners at the Hampton Public Library.  Most of the librarians were affiliated with the Hampton Public Library; however, other libraries in the Tidewater Area of Virginia were present.

Following Dan Wilson’s presentation of the accomplishments and activities of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, Sara Ruch, Deputy Coordinator, Emergency Management Office, City of Hampton, spoke about the ways her office has partnered in the past with the Hampton Public Library, particularly with preparedness activities.  She encouraged attendees to contact their local Emergency Management Office to start a partnership.  She was certain that any outreach effort would be very welcomed.

Teresa Winstanley, Coordinator/Program Manager for the Peninsula Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), finished the program with an overview of the mission of the MRC and the many ways that they use non-medical volunteers.  She also encouraged attendees to reach out to the MRC in their areas and become a volunteer.

Hampton Speakers

Teresa Winstanley, Dan Wilson, Sarah Ruch

All attendees were given the template for the one page disaster plan created by the Lodi Public Library in Lodi, New Jersey.  The Lodi plan was created using the NN/LM One Page Service Continuity plan adapted from the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) pocket response plan.

NN/LM and the Virginia State Library are exploring the possibility of returning to the Tidewater Area this spring to offer advanced training.

Comments from Attendees:

Thank you so much for your presentation.  The one page plan in particular I think will be useful as we look at updating our current behemoth of an emergency plan as well as look for ways to coordinate better with other City Departments.

Ports in a Storm was a Great Success!

Click on this URL for a Storified view of tweets made during the conference: http://storify.com/618730/ports-in-a-storm-the-library-as-disaster-recovery?utm_campaign=&utm_source=t.co&utm_content=storify-pingback&awesm=sfy.co_gHhF&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter

Here are some pictures:

Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM Mid Atlantic Region; Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian

Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM Mid Atlantic Region; Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian

Pat Tumulty, executive director of the NJLA; Renae Barger, NN/LM MAR; Barbara Lilley, New York State Library;  Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian; Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL & Certifed Preservation Management Consultant

Pat Tumulty, executive director of the NJLA; Renae Barger, NN/LM MAR; Barbara Lilley, New York State Library; Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian; Cheryl O’Connor, Executive Director of LibraryLinkNJ; Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL &
Certifed Preservation Management Consultant

Barbara Lilley, New York State Library

Barbara Lilley, New York State Library

Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL & Certifed Preservation Management Consultant; Dan Wilson, Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative

Michele Stricker, Associate Director of Library Support Services, NJSL &
Certifed Preservation Management Consultant; Dan Wilson, Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative

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Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center; Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM MAR; George DiFerdinando, Director, NJ Center for Pub. Health Preparedness; Beth Hassek: Medical Reserve Corps; Wayne Jones, Disaster Coordinator of the NJ United Methodist Church; Alan Z Aiches: FEMA; Cathy McCann: NJ Volunteers Active in Disasters (VOAD); Mary Chute, New Jersey State Librarian; (Not pictured: Tim Settles, American Red Cross)

2012 NN/LM EP&R Toolkit Highlights & Usage Summary

Highlights:

MAR: Report of the NN/LM Hurricane Summit

MAY: NN/LM San Francisco Earthquake Summit Report

JUN: A Report of the DC SLA Military Librarians Program: Disaster Response – How Information Professionals Can Help

SEP: NN/LM Washington DC Power Outage Summit

OCT: Putting Us to the Test: Hurricane Sandy and Our Service Continuity Plan

NOV: A Call to Action

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