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Disaster Recovery: "Who is in charge here?!"

"...a disaster is an emergency which is out-of-control, so what we prepare for are emergencies and if our planning is successful we will not have disasters."

Ann Seibert, Sr. Paper Conservator, Library of Congress

As in the case of an emergency, Priority #1 in disaster recovery is personal and public safety. Priority #2 in disaster recovery is property damage containment, to limit the amount of work and cost entailed in the salvage of the library's collections, equipment, furnishings, and facility. Priority #3 is implementation of the most efficient and economical procedures to recover and salvage damaged or threatened property.

Communication, planning and organization are the keys to effective disaster recovery. We need to know beforehand who will be involved in the recovery effort when, where, and how. The following action plan will be implemented after the emergency which culminated in disaster has been completely dealt with and it is safe to begin recovery efforts.

Class 1 Recovery (Disaster effecting Circulation Services area)

"Who"

  • Recovery Coordinators: Access Services & Systems Librarian; Circulation Services Coordinator; Library Facilities Manager
  • Recovery Team: Circulation Services Assistant/Stacks Manager; Circulation Evening/Weekend Supervisor 

"When"

  • Immediately upon notification by one of the coordinators.

"Where"

  • Meet in RM 109

"How"

  1. Restrict access to the affected area
  2. Gather recovery supplies (See: Auxiliary Emergency Supplies, page 4)
  3. Move undamaged materials, furnishings, etc. from the effected area.
  4. Assess the type and extent of damage to materials, furnishings, etc.
  5. Begin salvage of damaged property. Refer to documentation at the end of this manual or in the Emergency Preparedness Library. 
  6. Call for additional assistance as needed.

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