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Monday, March 5th, 2007

“People need to plan on being self-sufficient,” Brodehl said. “We’ll help, but people need to do what they can to mitigate the problem. I could say we have a plan that will fix everything, but I’d be lying. We can prepare and train to manage a disaster, but for the first 48 hours there’s going to be a lot of scrambling.”

This quote is from the online edition of the Daily Inter Lake, a newspaper that serves Northwest Montana. The full article can be found by clicking here.

Baltimore City Healthcare Mutual Aid system

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Eleven hospitals in Baltimore have agreed to share staff and resources in the event of a disaster. Here’s a link to the article in

Preparedness Class at Berea College

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Here’s a description of what sounds like an interesting class being offered at Berea College.  Sign me up.

GST 277 CRN 20044 / HLT 277 CRN 20045

What will happen in Madison County, the City of Berea, and Berea College in the event of a major disaster? Do you know what the evacuation policy, quarantine policy, and the shelter-in-place policy is for Berea College, the City of Berea, and Madison County? Do you know the role the Madison County Health Department and the Kentucky Department for Public Health in a state of emergency? Do you know what role the Berea Hospital and College Health Services play in a major disaster? Do you know where the nearest decontamination unit and shelter is located?

In this course, students will explore local public-health policies relating to natural and man-made disasters. The students will learn what the policies are and spend class time identifying disaster policies by visiting the Madison County Health Department, the Blue Grass Army Depot, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Families, the General Assembly, and the Kentucky Department for Homeland Security in order to review current disaster policies. Upon completion of the review of policies, the student will spend class time identifying the policies that are adequate and meet the need. If the policies are inadequate, outdated, or inappropriate, students will take steps to advocate for policy change.

Susan’s Suggestions for Pain-free Disaster Planning

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Suggestion #11:  Reporting.  An essential part of maintaining and improving your plan is to get as much information about every incident as possible, once the dust has settled.  Set up a section in your plan for Reporting, specifying the people who should be notified, and by whom, as well as what information they will need to provide follow-up.


You can devise a form which will help your first-responders know what information they should provide (see an example in the UVa plan linked to the “Sample Disaster Plans” tab above).  Reporting is most helpful if the chain of command in your library is notified simultaneously, such as by an email to the group (Emergency Response Coordinator to department heads to the manager of your facility and to your Director, for instance).  This way, if a key person in the communication chain is absent, the other members will still be informed about the incident and the follow-up.