Helping United States Libraries After Disasters
If you think the American Library Association can help libraries affected by natural disasters in any way toward recovery, please contact the Chapter Relations Office: Michael Dowling at 312-280-3200 or Don Wood at 312-280-2429.
(Updated April 26, 2017)
Responding to Disasters
DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Listserv is a discussion forum for librarians, information specialists, and other professionals interested in disaster health information outreach to their communities. As a participant in this listserv, you can stay informed about current disaster-related resources, connect to colleagues in the field, engage in information exchange and learn about new ideas, trends, training opportunities, and conferences in the area of disaster health information.
For a list of the news sources scanned for weekly news updates sent on this listserv, visit Disaster Information News Sources.
To Help International Libraries
To help international libraries, please contact the American Library Association International Relations Office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3201. Current (June 2015) efforts include Nepal Library Relief Fund.
IRRT Free Links: A Project Providing Access to Free Professional Development Opportunities for ALA Members around the World
For Legislative and Other Supportive Actions
For legislative and other supportive actions, see Save Libraries in Your State.
Past Disaster Relief
2016 Gatlinburg Wildfire Relief: How You Can Help
Sevier County’s local newspaper, The Mountain Press has opened its site to provide information about how to donate locally to help fire victims
Of particular interest are:
The Tennessee 4-H Foundation has stepped up to facilitate collection of funds to provide gift cards for the fire victims who have lost homes. Sevier Extension 4-H reports that the original 30 will increase to closer to 100 or more.
The inimitable Dolly Parton announced a new effort by The Dollywood Company and The Dollywood Foundation to establish a fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee. The My People Fund will provide $1,000 each month to Sevier County families who lost their homes for up to six months.
West Virginia Flood June 2016
Bookmark for further updates for providing assistance.
from American Libraries
The Clendenin branch of the Kanawha County (W.Va.) Public Library was severely damaged after Elk River flood waters rose to record levels on June 23–24. Library Director Alan Engelbert said his staff thinks the Clendenin branch is a total loss. Windows burst from the force of water that rose above the ceiling, and books and DVDs are now lodged up there. “Most of the ceiling is gone,” Engelbert said. “The floor is a really nasty mixture of books and ceiling tile and 3, 4, 5 inches of mud, so it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything useful that’s left in there.” The public library in Rainelle also suffered damage.
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