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/
On a sheet of paper, give yourself a tick mark for each time you answer Yes to one the 12 elements of a library at a state of disaster readiness listed below. Add up your score. Most libraries will score between 0 and 5. It is our goal to provide tools and training to create a disaster ready culture in libraries so that every library in the United States scores 10 or above. Do you want a better score? Contact me, Dan Wilson, Coordinator for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, at 434-924-0193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We are committed to purchasing core print materials that may be needed by the community if power is down for an extended time or the Internet is compromised.
- Our core online resources are housed on servers with emergency backup power.
- We have a response station that includes items such as flashlights, first aid kit, bullhorn, plastic, and a battery operated radio.
- We practice situation awareness reporting (What, When, and Where) before, during, and after any kind of service disruption.
- We practice 72-hour home preparedness.
- We regularly drill our staff on how to respond to unplanned incidents, such as tornadoes, shooter, and HAZMAT incidents, and we perform at least one evacuation drill per year.
- We conduct at least two tabletop exercises per year. (One for planned and one for unplanned events.)
- We conduct after-action reviews within 14 days of a service disruption.
- We have a one-page service continuity plan that is updated at least twice per year.
- We have a Mutual Aid Agreement with other libraries to assist us in the delivery of core services if ours are compromised.
- We have a partnership (contract not required) with a commercial salvage and recovery company (e.g., Belfor, BMS, Munters) or a local preservationist for recovery of valuable and hard to replace materials.
- We have worked with local law enforcement to determine best practices for sheltering-in-place and for responding to unplanned emergency situations.