Express Community Day Award

Community Day is part of the nationwide effort encouraging Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security through its “Ready America” ( campaign highlights the importance of emergency preparedness and promotes individual involvement through events and activities across the country.

The objectives of the SE/A Community Day award are to:

  1. Encourage, strengthen and/or expand library partnerships with first responders and community emergency management personnel.
  2. Provide access to emergency management information tools and resources for families or other target populations.
  3. Integrate and involve libraries in emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning.
  4. Promote and publicize the role libraries, faith or community organizations or American Indian Tribes can play in emergency preparedness.
  5. Strengthen and expand medical library partnerships with public libraries, faith or community groups or American Indian Tribes.

For more information about this funding opportunity and how to apply, please click here.

Funded Projects 2006-Present

American Cancer Society
No Paws Left Behind project will be part of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Dogs. The event on March 27, 2010 provides an excellent conduit for educating the community about pet disaster preparedness. A presentation on Pet Disaster Preparedness will be conducted by a local veterinarian and will include information on preparing a disaster kit for your pet, local information on pets and shelters, and provide handouts for the attendees. In an effort to encourage attendance to the presentation pet disaster kits will be awarded as door prizes to those who attend the entire presentation.
March 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011

Columbus Regional Healthcare System
Project staff will collect and disseminate local and national emergency information to the emergency medical system personnel in District 7 in Georgia. Training classes on emergency information resources is planned for the target audience also along with USB drives to store and disseminate the resources for later use.
April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011

Georgetown County Library
The Georgetown County Library will hold the Hurricane Community Day to strengthen their partnership with the Georgetown Emergency Management Department, expand their collaboration through the inclusion of first responders, provide laypersons with tools and resources to prepare for hurricanes and highlight the role of the public library in emergency management. The event will feature a special exhibit of historic hurricane photographs, emergency information bookmarks, materials from partner medical institutions and the premiere of the Hurricane Memories Documentary.
July 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Lexington-Henderson County, Everett Horn Public Library
The library staff will hold a community event for emergency preparedness. They will distribute Disaster Kits from the American Red Cross to seniors and will host the National Storm Chase Team for a day of educational presentations about emergency preparedness.
January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010

New Hanover County Public Library
The New Hanover County Public Library will conduct a project for emergency preparedness in partnership with New Hanover County Department of Emergency Management. During the course of the project, they will develop and provide information at fairs and events throughout the county and provide information kits to vulnerable and special needs citizens. The kits will contain information on emergency planning, evacuation and disaster recovery.
November 1, 2009 - October 31, 2010

North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
The Pets and Disaster Preparedness project will educate pet owners on how to prepare for disasters. They project will also includes a sheltering training exercise for local veterinarians and faculty at the college.
November 1, 2009 - October 31, 2010

Sarasota County Library System
The staff of the Sarasota County Library System will hold a pilot community day project working with the goals to: • Strengthen and expand health sciences and public library partnerships—The Library System will be partnering with Sarasota Memorial Hospital to organize and promote the event • Provide access to emergency management information tools and resources to first responders, public health workforce, health care professionals and the community—Sarasota County’s Public Communications and Emergency Services departments will be participating in the event • Integrate and involve libraries into their community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning—A partnership with Sarasota County Emergency Services will increase awareness of the libraries’ role in emergency preparedness • Promote and publicize the role libraries can play in emergency preparedness—Promotional materials will emphasize this message • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Community Day campaign—Attendance counts and surveys will be utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of the Community Day. The event will be held in September 2009.
May 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

University of Miami
The Safety Fair: Keep your Family Safe - Emergency Preparedness at Home and Away project will partner the University of Miami Calder Library and the Miami Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), to organize a large all day community safety awareness and emergency preparedness fair in June at the main branch of the public library in downtown Miami. In addition to community presentations, relevant NLM resources will be presented to both adults and children attending the fair. Following this fair, seven of the larger MDPLS branch libraries will host satellite fairs on evenings or weekends, featuring guest speakers on safety awareness and emergency preparedness.
March 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011

University of South Alabama
Project staff will hold two events, one in Mobile County and one in Baldwin County for the area's general public. The events will focus on disaster planning for families and include interactive lectures, new technology information session, CPR training, and exhibits from partnering organizations.
May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011