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72-Hour Emergency Preparedness Kit & Plan

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

This year we are emphasizing the importance of having a 72-hour kit & plan for all library staff who are part of a service continuity team, because without a plan, staff are more likely to be focused on their needs, or their family’s needs, and not be able to take part in assuring that the library’s core resources and services remain available to your community following a disaster.  Earlier this week, I sent a message to our local American Red Cross (ARC) chapter about 72-hour preparedness training opportunities.  Here are some of the ARC resources referred to me by Mike Peoples, Preparedness Officer:

  • Community Disaster Education (CDE) courses through any local chapter.  Our CDE training isn’t really based on a pre-disaster count-down as much as the training being centered around working towards being prepared “whenever” a disaster occurs…the training includes discussion of the importance of making a family (or business) communication plan (so that family members have “designated rally points” when something goes wrong – either around the home, community, or wider world.   The training consists of a “series” of topics ranging from generic preparedness to event specific topics such as tornados, spring/winter storms, floods, hurricanes, home fires, wild fires, earthquakes, etc.
  • The “home page” for preparedness information can be found by clicking here.
  • If there are groups of folks (based on age, location, employment, etc.), someone from that group can contact their local chapter for additional information as well as to set up an actual CDE seminar based on the group’s interest (we’ve done them for businesses, seniors, boy scouts, schools, etc.!)
Here’s a video called “Let’s Make a Kit,” featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, an ARC volunteer:


FEMA Disaster Declarations

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

When thinking about risk assessment, don’t forget about FEMA’s website that lists federal disaster declarations.  Searchable by state, FEMA region, and disaster type, use this information to focus your training efforts and design table-top exercises.

Click on this URL to access the federal disaster declarations:

A Neighborhood Resiliency Model

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Here is a nice discussion about the role neighborhood groups can plan in preparedness and response.

Lightning Season

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Last week was “Lightning Safety Week,” according to FEMA.  Visit the NOAA page here to learn more about lightning and how to reduce the risk for yourself and those around you of being struck or injured by lightning.  In an average year (which this one is not, due to the recent catastrophic tornado incidents), more people are killed by lightning than by tornadoes or hurricanes.  I didn’t realize that many more people actually survive lightning strikes, then live with severe disabilities for the remainder of their lives.  This information can be important to us at work and at home, and for our library patrons who may be in our space during storms.