Disaster and Emergency Planning

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A disaster can strike the library at any time. From natural (flood, tornado or hurricane) to manmade (electrical fire, burst pipes or a firecracker in the bookdrop), disasterous or emergency conditions can damage collections and buildings in a matter of moments. Planning for disasters, just like disasters themselves, can take many forms: writing a disaster preparedness plan; training staff; reviewing insurance coverage annually; or creating a "disaster supply kit" to be housed at the library. Regardless of form, however, disaster planning is an important activity for all libraries. Because the scope of such planning can seem overwhelming, PLA's Public Policies in Public Libraries committee has provided the following links as a starting point. (Please note that inclusion in the list should not constitute endorsement by PLA or the committee. They are listed for informational purposes only.)

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