Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability
Gabriela Sandoval, PhD, Research Director for The Utility Reform Network’s Addressing the Health Impacts of Utility Shutoffs project
Lana Adlawan, Division Manager, Public Services, Sonoma County Library
Julie Botnick, MLIS, Education & Outreach Librarian, NNLM PSR
How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy?
Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones.
Gabriela Sandoval works with community-based organizations in several parts of California—with a focus on communities struggling to make ends meet—to develop a better understanding of where and why utility shutoffs occur, how shutoffs impact the health of families and communities, and how to stop them, and will share what all librarians and health information providers need to know about the topic.
Lana Adlawan has been active as a leader in the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and was named an ALA Emerging Leader in 2009. She has worked for several large, urban public library systems and is currently a manager in the Sonoma County Library system, which kept three of its branches open for community members to recharge devices, gather, rest, and talk to neighbors during the recent Kincade Fire. She will share her firsthand experiences offering continuous library services in a time when evacuation orders were in place for parts of her library system.
Dec 18, 2019
1:00PM - 2:00PM PT
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