It doesn’t take a hurricane to make a disaster

With such high profile natural disasters like the Southeast Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina capturing the media’s attention, it’s easy to forget that every year in the U.S. and other countries, nature inflicts a damaging toll on communities. For example, extreme cold can lead to freezing weather which can cause issues for communities. In Fresno, CA (yes, California), the Fresno Public Library lists a resource page for One Stop Centers to Assist Unemployed Workers Due to Recent Cold Fronts.

And what happens when the library itself is the victim of a disaster, as happened last summer to the historic Georgetown Public Library in Washington, D.C.?

The point is to understand that just because you don’t live in a tsunami zone doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to your institution’s and community’s disaster preparedness efforts.

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