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Toolkit Tip #1: Library Disaster Stories

It is good to see (via our statistics page) that visits to this toolkit are increasing weekly, and there are many “clicks” showing on the pages, such as Disaster Plan Templates/Samples and Service Continuity Planning.  Today we are adding a category called “Toolkit Tips,” which we’ll use to highlight new or already existing features of the toolkit.  We hope this will help everyone keep up with the continuing development of the toolkit, as well as uncover some buried treasure!

Tip #1:  Check out the new Google map that links to Library Disaster Stories.  It is located in two places in the toolkit:  in the left column, just past the photos and the Article Archives, and on the Library Disaster Stories page in the top menu bar.  Emily Vardell created the map, linking it to the stories, and worked with Dan to fine-tune its functionality on the toolkit.  Click on the “View Larger Map” link (below the image of the map on this page) to see the entire map, along with a list of the stories and links to them.  The symbols denote what type of disaster or incident is being described; i.e. hurricane, fire, earthquake, terrorism, flooding, tornado, and public health emergency.

We would like to continue adding to our Lessons Learned/Stories Told, so please let us know if you have a story to tell, and especially what you learned from the incident that might help other people prepare.  Contact Dan at or Susan at

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