Monday, July 7, 2008

Are you "Hurricane Aware"?

Many thanks to Kara McClurken, Preservation Services Librarian at Solinet, for this guest post.

Are you hurricane aware? If so, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. What are the hurricane hazards?
  2. What does that mean to you?
  3. What actions should you take to be prepared?
The National Hurricane Center has put together a website to help individuals and families prepare for hurricane season. The website not only answers the questions listed above, but it also lists what you should put into a family disaster plan and provides lists for hurricane supply kits. This is a great resource to point the community to during the hurricane season.

Does your library have a section on their websites about hurricane preparedness? If so, what kinds of information do you put there? I'd love to see what library communities are doing to educate the public about hurricanes.

If you are looking for some training to prepare your institution, don't forget that SOLINET offers an online class on hurricane preparedness--the next class is offered on September 10, 17, and 24, from 2-4 pm. Check the NEFLIN workshop schedule to register.

This blog posting is the second in a series that SOLINET staff will do for NEFLIN during the hurricane season. If you have ideas/questions for future postings, please let me know.

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