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Disaster Planning: Why Make a Disaster Plan?

Resources for disaster planning for Alabama Public Libraries.

The Importance of Planning Ahead

Planning is essential in today's world. How we deal with disasters can become less of a burden if we have a plan outlying how to prepare and mitigate ahead of time. Alabama's weather can vary in extremes from day to day. Thunderstorms and tornadoes can occur year-round. Hurricanes are something to stay aware of from June to November, even if you live in North Alabama. Writing your library's disaster plan should cover numerous disasters that would close the library's doors. Disasters include power outages, pandemics, active shooters, fires, flooding, and emergencies are some of the natural disasters Alabama can experience. Although disaster plans can't prepare us for everything, it does provide an outline of steps to take before, during, and after a disaster.

Disaster Planning Guidelines

These guidelines have been collected, providing a starting point for writing or editing your current disaster plan. Please take and use what you need to develop a disaster plan that will help you in any disaster you may have to live through.

Weather Rating Examples: Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Thurnderstorms and Tornadoes

These weather examples have been chosen based on the State of Alabama's Hazard Rankings. While some areas in the state may not experience all of these directly, we know they can affect them indirectly. An example can be a hurricane coming ashore on Alabama's beaches. The northern part of the state can experience high winds, heavy rains, tornadoes, flooding, and power outages.