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Archive for the ‘Tornadoes’ Category

Tornado Derails a Train Video

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Here’s a compelling video of a train being derailed by a tornado in Illinois back in January 2008.

Information on Natural Disasters

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Click here to view a wonderfully illustrated and very informative web page from National Geographic.  The page provides information on tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes, and includes maps and case studies.

Tornado Season Approaching

Friday, February 26th, 2010

After the active winter season that many of us have experienced, it’s hard to believe that tornado season is right around the corner.  Although tornadoes can occur during any month, there are statistically defined tornado seasons for all states (see NOAA map below and note that California’s season began in January.)  How do you prepare for tornado season?

1. Make sure your staff know what to do if a tornado warning is issued for your area.  This includes notifying patrons of the tornado and directing them away from windows and doors.

2. Make sure you have identified strategies for continuing your core services from a remote site, in the event that you lose physical access to your library.  See our new brochure (click here) for tips on how to keep your services going when your library is closed.

Introduction to Disaster Planning for Libraries

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Click here to view an 8:51 screencast that I did of the importance of disaster planning in libraries.  The focus of the screencast is on major disasters that can greatly impact library operations.