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Hurricane Service Roles >> Safe Haven >> Essential Service

Obtain "Essential Service" Status


  • FEMA does recognize public libraries’ "essential service" status.
  • Objective: local public library “essential service” status with county emergency management, local government and utilities;
  • "Essential service" means all will expedite public library restoration after a disaster. Specifically:
    • Public library managers will be allowed to assess library damage as soon as possible;
    • If a library can be re-opened, debris will be removed and minor damage repaired promptly;
    • Utilities, including telecommunications, will be restored rapidly;
    • Library personnel are assigned to the library during disaster recovery.
  • Miami-Dade County has agreed to restore three county agencies after a hurricane: police, fire and public libraries.
  • Visit emergency management, key local government leaders, local utility providers and others and Making the Case. PDF file