The severe winter storm that affected (and still affecting) the Midwest, South, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, gave libraries in these regions a great opportunity to activate their service continuity plans. If you don’t have a plan, this is a good time to prepare for the next major service disruption. (Resources to help you can be found on our Writing Your Disaster Plan page.) If you did have a plan, how did it go? Would you change anything? If so, this is a good time to make those changes.
Here is a NOAA satellite view of the winter storm. Note the similarities of a hurricane. (Click on image to enlarge.)
The “10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning” class, created by the Coordinator and Project Assistant for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan, has been approved by the Medical Library Association (MLA) for 2 hours of Continuing Education credit, awarded at the conclusion of the class. To view information about the class, check here on the MLA Educational Clearinghouse site. (You can find the class by using “emergency” as the keyword in the search box on the first page of the site.) If you are interested in arranging a “10-Step Approach…” class for yourself or a group, contact your NN/LM regional office at 1-800-338-7657. Classes are offered both face-to-face and virtually.
I’ve re-titled the Toolkit page that was called “First Aid Kit.” The page is now called “Ready Reference.” While the page can still function as “First Aid” for those of us coordinating emergency responses, it needed a new name in order to keep internet searchers from finding the NN/LM EP & R Toolkit when they wanted to find boxes with band-aids and alcohol swabs in them. I also enhanced the Ready Reference page a bit, adding the full text of the NN/LM EP&R Plan and the flowcharts for preparedness and response, and will be on the lookout for other key items for preparedness and response. In fact, the Ready Reference page is, in essence, a toolkit within the toolkit.