Project OPAL (One Page All Libraries) was the topic of discussion at last Friday’s LOGIN 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.
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.
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.
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.