New CE Course on Disaster Preparedness

Deborah Halsted and Julie Page have been putting together a new CE course on disaster preparedness. They will be teaching the class on October 20th at the South Central Chapter of the MLA annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here’s a description of the class:

Before Disaster Strikes: Essential Steps in Disaster Preparedness

When the pipe breaks, the fire starts, or the hurricane hits, what will you do? The effectiveness of your response and the success you have in restoring services and collections will be the result of how well you have prepared. Learn what you should do and who should be involved before faced with a disaster, in order to protect people, prevent damage, and provide the best possible outcome.

The course will cover the following:

  • Key steps in disaster preparedness
  • Building collaborative relationships
  • Components of a disaster plan
  • Preparation of a Pocket Response Plan
  • Group exercise in response to a scenario
  • “Exercising” your plans; staff training and drills

Help in Emergency

Do you know about NVOAD?  It’s a coalition, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.  Their website lists a broad range of organizations, faith-based and otherwise, who provide disaster relief and many support services all over the world.  You can find contact information and links to the web pages for each organization.  Check your state’s listings to see whether there’s a group you can contact as a resource, or maybe you would like to volunteer to help out in your area.  There are also valuable resources listed from their Member Tools link and their Links link.  The more networking we can do, the better off we’ll all be in recovering from a disaster.

Upcoming Disaster Preparedness Class in North Carolina

Robert James, a member of the NN/LM SE/A Disaster Planning Task Force, has put together a one-day class on disaster preparedness. The class, sponsored by the Association of North Carolina Health Sciences Libraries, is intended for medical librarians, archivists, curators, facility managers, disaster team members, and others responsible for disaster planning, mitigation, preparedness and recovery for health sciences libraries are encouraged to attend.

Attendees will receive training in:

  • writing a library disaster plan
  • emergency preparedness
  • techniques for salvaging water damaged material
  • continuity of library services
  • regional library disaster assistance

Speakers include:

Robert James, Associate Director of Access Services
Duke University Medical Center Library

Writing a library disaster plan and emergency preparedness

Walter Cybulski, Preservation Librarian
National Library of Medicine

Salvaging water damaged library collections

Angie Santiago, President
Contingency Planning Association of the Carolinas

Service continuity planning for medical libraries

Dan Wilson, Assistant Director for Collection Management & Access Services
University of Virginia, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Southeastern/Atlantic regional medical library disaster assistance

Date: Friday, June 15, 2007
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Click here for further information..

Getty Conservation Institute Workbook

The Getty Conservation Institute wrote a workbook called “Building an Emergency Plan:  A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions,” in 1999.  The publication is now out of print, but a free PDF version is available from their website.  It is very well organized and thoughtfully written.  Check out page 2 of the Introduction for an impressive table of disasters that have occurred to cultural institutions around the world in the past 20 years.