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Disaster Planning for Libraries by Guy Robertson

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Disaster recognition, declaration procedures and crisis management

Abstract

After an event such as a flood or fire, librarians must assess the extent of the damage and decide whether to declare a disaster. In some circumstances, there is time to perform an inspection and record the effects of the disaster on a form such as that which appears in Figure 5.1. But sometimes there is no opportunity to record damage. Moreover, people who have lived through disasters are often confused and uncertain about the next steps. Librarians must make their best effort to gather information and to declare a disaster if necessary. Disaster declaration can involve informing employees, stakeholders and patrons. In many cases a crisis is possible after a disaster. ...

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