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Evacuate or Shelter in Place?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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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.

2009 Cologne Archives Collapse: a Firsthand Account

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

It’s been nearly three years now since the Cologne Archives building collapsed on March 3, 2009.  Below is a firsthand account of the collapse from Bettina Schmidt-Czaia, director of the municipal depository, who was in the building at the time.  The article is from The Guardian Weekly.

Crowdsourcing Disasters

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Interesting article on the use of social media to assist in determining disaster response…check here:  Crowdsourcing, Disasters, and Trust.

A Busy Season for the American Red Cross

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Since late March of this year, the American Red Cross ( has responded to 42 disasters in the U.S., from fires to floods and tornadoes.  They’ve opened 270 shelters, and handed out over 3 million meals.  Take a look at the map linked here  to see the distribution by state of their activities as of June 15, 2011.  I’m struck by the fact that the American Red Cross functions as the good neighbor for the whole country.