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After Irene

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Most libraries in the path of Irene closed for the weekend or reduced their hours.  Some of these libraries remained closed on Monday due to cleanup efforts or power outages.  Today, libraries seem to be operating under normal schedules except in areas that were hardest hit, such as eastern North Carolina, or areas that are experiencing power outages or flooding.  The Vermont Library Association is directing member libraries to the Disaster Assistance Hotline of the New England Document Conservation Center (978-470-1010).

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Help for Libraries Needing Assistance

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Providing information about how libraries can get help in an emergency or disaster is a primary component of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan.  Following are places you can call in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, or New England for getting help with maintaining services (NN/LM) or 24/7 advice on collection recovery.

NN/LM (National Network of Libraries of Medicine):   (800) DEV-ROKS  or  1-800-338-7657  (business hours):DOCLINE, coordination of emergency response among members, resource sharing in emergency, possible funding for replacement equipment.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC):      (978) 470-1010       (24/7): Territory: northeastern states, but will provide telephone advice to anyone about response to and recovery from a disaster that impacts library collections.

Lyrasis:    (800) 999-8558    (24/7): Territory: southeastern/northeastern/mid-Atlantic states–advice about saving collections, health and safety measures in an emergency, referrals to commercial salvage companies, etc.  Onsite assistance available through volunteer network.

Wind & Rain Forecast Maps From NOAA

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

Our Approach to Tracking Irene

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Over the past several days, we have been sending out alerts about hurricane Irene and referring libraries to preparedness resources available on our site.  We are now past the preparedness stage and are focusing on providing numbers that libraries affected by Irene can use to obtain help.  Underneath the post containing help information are regular updates.

On the left side of the Toolkit is our Twitter feed, which we call NEPR Times.  Here you will find vetted links to news reports about Irene.  We aim to keep readers apprised of major storm events and not refer quickly changing news stories.  As Irene moves up the coast, we will also use NEPR Times to post links from FEMA and the CDC to help them get out the word about shelters and hurricane safety.