Human safety is the primary consideration in disaster planning. Response plans are designed to keep people safe. Library planners often focus on other priorities, such as collections. Planners might also assume that libraries are inherently safe, and that if a disaster occurred, others – for example, first responders – would protect people. Library response plans should be brief, clear and readable. Copies of response plans should be distributed to all library employees. Planners should take into account the possibility of different emotional responses to disasters. Library managers should demonstrate leadership during the development of response plans.