Superstorm Sandy: FEMA Assistance for Temporary Relocation of Public Facilities INCLUDES LIBRARIES
Reminder about libraries damaged by Sandy…
The Stafford Act authorizes federal assistance for temporary relocation of public libraries. Please remind your colleagues of this change made in 2011.
Libraries are now included in the list of public facilities that are eligible for federal assistance (through FEMA) with temporary relocation following a major disaster.
For the language in the Stafford Act, see http://www.fema.gov/9500-series-policy-publications/95233-provision-temporary-relocation-facilities. “Eligible public facilities include facilities for police, fire protection/emergency services, medical care, education, libraries, utilities and other essential community services.“
This change was first announced in January 2011 by ALA and others; see http://connect.ala.org/node/127510.
Submitted by Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467