The Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine is one of three public libraries in the United States awarded Community Day funding by the NN/LM.
Community Day is a pilot project sponsored by NLM and the NN/LM. The goal of Community Day is to assist libraries in becoming active partners in their community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning. Community Day is also to make libraries part of the nationwide effort encouraging all Americans to take simple steps in preparing for possible emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.
The objectives of Community Day are:
- Strengthen and expand health sciences and public library partnerships.
- Encourage, strengthen and/or expand library partnerships with first responders.
- Provide access to emergency management information tools and resources.
- Integrate and involve libraries in their community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning.
- Promote and publicize the role libraries can play in emergency preparedness.
The Curtis Memorial Library is partnering with MidCoast Hospital, Parkview Adventist Medical Center, the Brunswick Fire Department and the Southern Maine Regional Resource Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness. The library will host Community Day on September 12, 2009 to disseminate emergency preparedness information as a necessary precursor for residents to develop emergency preparedness plans and kits. The library and Fire Department will also collaborate to create an emergency preparedness page on the library’s web site. Topics for Community Day include weather emergencies (hurricanes and ice storms), household emergencies (fire, poisons, carbon monoxide exposure) and public health emergencies (epidemics of emerging diseases and outdoor survival). Community Day at Curtis Memorial Library will feature exhibits and demonstrations, fire equipment and a smoke house, drawings for Red Cross emergency preparedness kits and for a Basic Emergency Supply Kit, a handwashing clinic, and a scavenger hunt for kits. The public will receive laminated disaster preparedness booklets, exhibitor materials and mini hand sanitizers.
The New England Region is very pleased to have a library from our region selected as one of the three libraries in the country to host Community Day.