OPAL Advanced Training (One Page All Libraries)
Hurricane Sandy helped identify the value of libraries after a disaster. In several instances, libraries contributed to disaster response. Our goal is to increase the number of New Jersey libraries active in disaster response by giving them the tools to proactively become disaster relief centers for their communities through partnerships with their local emergency planners. Targeting New Jersey libraries that attended the Ports in a Storm conference last spring at the Sheraton Eatontown, the purpose of the project is to enhance emergency preparedness & response capabilities among this voluntary cohort so that the libraries can engage in disaster response in their communities. In addition, cohort libraries are encouraged to partner with emergency planners in order to increase awareness of the value of a public library before, during, and after a disaster.