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Disaster Planning: Literature & Additional Resources

Resources for disaster planning for Alabama Public Libraries.

Literature & Additional Resources

Find books on disaster planning available through APLS. In addition, articles and training information are available.

Additional Resource Links

Here are additional links for disaster planning, training, and recovery.

Disaster Assistance Improvement Program

The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program's (DAIP) mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.

FEMA Recovery Resources

This page provides referrals for recovery resources on how to cope with disaster, how to find missing family and friends, how to reopen your business or farm after a disaster, information about mold and mildew, how to find a place to stay when displaced, and services available at open Disaster Recovery Centers.

Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

REALM Project - Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums

The REALM project has developed a variety of toolkit resources to help archives, libraries, and museums (LAMs) navigate their reopening journey. These free resources are available for download.

Floods are unpredictable. Because flood risk is always changing, communities use tools to understand their risk and take actions to protect their families, homes, and businesses.


Professional articles on disasters.

Disaster Preparedness
Website: American Library Association
ALA website on disaster preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness
Website: Library of Congress
The Library of Congress website provides information on emergency preparedness.

Library Disaster Preparedness & Response LibGuide
Website: American Library Association
This site includes pages for preparing for a disaster, responding to a disaster, and additional resources.  Disasters have weather, fire, and water events and public health crises.

Library Resources for Dealing with Mass Shootings
Article: Public Libraries Online
Although this is a complex subject because of its emotional nature, patrons may need these resources more than ever. The ASPR TRACIE: Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview information.

Pandemic Preparedness
Website: American Library Association
ALA webpage provides information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention, and preparation.

Safety and Security in Libraries
Website: American Library Association
This site links related LibGuides, webinars, and library security resources.

Violence Prevention in the Public Library
Webinar: Public Library Association
This free on-demand webinar discusses violence risk factors for customers and employees and helps enhance situational awareness skills. Learn about warning signs—verbal and non-verbal behaviors—of risk and potential aggression, as well as verbal diffusion strategies and actions to prepare for and react to active shooter incidents.

Available Books from APLS


Alabama National Weather Service - Storm Spotter Training

National Weather Service provides training to become a SKYWARN Storm Spotter. Classes are available several times a year. Usually, they have in-person courses, but during this time with COVID-19, you can watch the training videos. In addition, they offer an introductory course and an advanced class, each a couple of hours long.

Find a class in your area:

or contact your local WarningCoordinationMeteorologist.

Alabama StormReady Contact map

Alabama NWS Contacts

Birmingham, AL, BMX, John DeBlock, Kevin Laws, Chris Darden, 205-664-3010

Counties include Marion, Winston, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Jefferson, Blount, Etowah, Cherokee, Cleburne, Calhoun, St. Clair, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Shelby, Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Chambers, Tallapoosa, Coosa, Chilton, Bibb, Hale, Greene, Sumter, Perry, Dallas, Autauga, Elmore, Macon, Lee, Russell, Barbour, Pike, Montgomery, Lowndes.

Huntsville, AL, HUN, Jessica Chace, Katie Magee, Todd Barron, 256-890-8503

Counties include Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, DeKalb, Marshall, Morgan, Lawrence, Colbert, Franklin, and Cullman.

Mobile, AL, MOB, vacant, Jonathan Howell, Jason Beaman, 251-633-6443

Counties include Marengo, Wilcox, Butler, Crenshaw, Covington, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, Clarke, Washington, Mobile, and Baldwin.

Tallahassee, FL, Mark Wool, 850-942-8833

Counties include Coffee, Dale, Henry, Houston, and Geneva.