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.
On 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.
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.
Click on the image above to view the article that Susan Yowell and Dan Wilson wrote about roles for libraries and people that work for libraries in supporting community disaster resilience. The article appeared in the Jul/Aug 2013 edition of Information Outlook: The Magazine of the Special Libraries Association. Please send comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a great resource for deciding when to evacuate and when to shelter in place, and it can easily be customized for use at your library. Post it to inform patrons and staff, and also use it as a tool for carrying out drills with your public services staff. (Check with your safety officials first to ensure that it complies with their procedures.) Kudos to the staff at the University of Virginia Office of Emergency Preparedness for putting it together. Click on the image above to see the entire page.