Should a disaster strike, the community counts on the public library to improvise and do what is needed to assist in the community’s recovery.
Best practices may include:
- Be prepared for a shift in focus, management skill set needed and faster decision making pace;
- Focus first on how the library and its available assets (staff and facilities) can help the community recover;
- Flexible, quick, decision making and use of pre-assembled assets will be essential to help staff, facilities and community recover;
- Recognize that communication with staff, local government and emergency management is a priority but it may not be possible right after the storm passes;
- Most counties have plans in place for staff use ;
- Review other hurricane affected library managers experiences to prepare. See Improvise Best Resources.
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