Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Your Library

As residents of several states and other locations around the world assess the damage of recent disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, we are all reminded just how quickly a situation can escalate and become life-threatening. For employers, planning for emergency situations long before they occur is not only a best practice — it could also save lives. This article provides a quick guide to disaster preparedness in the workplace, including brief discussions on notification systems, evacuation routes, and other critical concepts. In addition, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy has developed a detailed information page as a general guide to planning, recovery and seeking federal funding to aid in disaster response and recovery. While the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) a division of the ALA, has developed a preparedness toolkit to help librarians and schools assess their readiness and determine how to best prepare for disasters.