Recovering From Rita: Lessons Learned & Disaster Preparedness


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Presentation given at the Texas Library Association Conference, 2009.

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Recovering From Rita: Lessons Learned & Disaster Preparedness

  1. 1. Recovering from Rita: Lessons Learned & Disaster Preparedness Rebecca Blakeley, McNeese State University Library
  2. 2. Hurricane Rita
  3. 3. Preparations <ul><li>Pre-Disaster Review (Ha!) </li></ul><ul><li>Wait for closing order </li></ul><ul><li>Secure all equipment? </li></ul><ul><li>Cover shelves? Certain collections? </li></ul><ul><li>Place signs on doors (duh) </li></ul><ul><li>Alert Consortia to closure </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Damaged Library Roof - 4 th Floor </li></ul>
  5. 26. Let’s back up a bit…
  6. 27. Communication <ul><li>Take the “safety manual” with you! </li></ul><ul><li>Get cell phone #s and encourage all staff to get alternate e-mail addresses (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Keep Consortia updated </li></ul><ul><li>Put messages on website, blog, twitter, FaceBook, etc. etc. </li></ul>
  7. 28. Temporary HQ
  8. 32. How to offer library services when there is not a real library to work with! <ul><li>Post signs all over campus announcing where you are </li></ul><ul><li>Be available via phone and/or e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Be a “virtual library” </li></ul>
  9. 34. Coping Skills <ul><li>BE PATIENT </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperate & communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Read up on remediation </li></ul><ul><li>Relieve stress </li></ul>
  10. 35. The Great Reopening…
  11. 37. Reopening the Library… <ul><li>Keep in touch w/facilities & administration </li></ul><ul><li>BE PATIENT – It takes time to remediate </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in touch with GPO, etc. if you are a government depository </li></ul><ul><li>Look for ways to replace items lost </li></ul><ul><li>Transition issues </li></ul>
  12. 38. Great Mold Outbreak of 2006!
  13. 45. Great Mold Outbreak of 2007!
  14. 48. Other Lessons Learned & Disaster Plans Revised