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ALL READY REFERENCE RESEARCH GUIDE
Resources for Public Libraries to fit every stage of the Emergency Management Cycle
This is the stage to identify and prevent or limit the risks your community faces.
Now you know what threats your community and your library might face--and you have a good idea how your library can help itself and others. It's time to plan or revise your existing emergency plan.
When a disaster occurs in your community, you may recognize it for yourself or you could be notified by your EMD, Fire Department Chief, or Police Department Chief.
ERS--guidelines for emergency assessment and salvage
LibraryFloods--procedures for recovering collections
If your library is able to, provide enhanced services to your community. Several great tools are available for this purpose, including:
MedlinePlus--a user friendly health information website
Show Me--a tool to enhance communication during crises with people with communication challenges
Help Kids Cope-- a tool to help children understand and cope with disasters
Apps from the American Red Cross, including First Aid, Pet First Aid, and apps about specific hazards
National Weather Service--for severe weather alerts and updates
Outbreaks Near Me--a tool to search and browse outbreak reports
ReUnite--a resource to assist with family reunification and finding a missing person during and after a disaster
- As soon as you are able, start your recovery plan. This usually is possible once the disaster has ended or lessened. Your EMD can inform you about the disaster status.
- If your library or collection suffered damage, COSTEP has information about recovery assistance. The NEDCC can also provide disaster recovery assistance and resources.
- Your community may still require enhanced services as it recovers. Your plans, training, the apps and tools above, and your support will help your community rebuild.
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