For an orientation to disaster planning:
  1. One-page essay, "Lessons Learned from the Flood of 2007" at http://bit.ly/JHC1Qo 
  2. Two-page outline, "Before Disaster Strikes: Ten Things You Need to Know": pdf or Word document
  3. 21-page template plan, "Disaster planning for rural libraries in Arizona" at http://bit.ly/Lqu8cY
Planning for disaster recovery
  1. The right menus offer links to plan templates and advice in writing a disaster plan.

  2. Insurance questions are questions to ask your insurance agent to ensure your insurance finances your recovery.

  3. Salvage priorities provides criteria for identifying the really important items in your library, as opposed to what is merely popular.

  4. Disaster Trailer lists supplies for cleaning up disastrous messes in CKLS Disaster Supply Trailer. I recommend adding to your plan, all the cell phone numbers mentioned on this page so you can contain us day or night.

  5. Drying books, odors, etc. provide instructions for drying out and repairing damaged items.

  6. After writing your first draft, compare the draft with the "Evaluating plan". Make improvements.

  7. Upon completing the final draft, email a copy of plan to Chris Rippel at crippel@ckls.org. Chris will post it on the Web with a link in the left column.

After disaster strikes:
  • Get out your plan and implement it. If you can't find your plan, remember it is in the left column of this Website.

  • Call CKLS for their Disaster Trailer. The trailer contains a big water vacuum for sucking up lots of water; dehumidifiers and fans to dry out the air; and gloves, hardhats, power and hand tools, big tarps, electrical cords, etc.

  • For drying books, I recommend the video series at http://bit.ly/KNGrRY