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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 “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

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

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