Helping United States Libraries After Disasters

(Updated September 6, 2016)

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you think we can help with libraries affected by natural disasters.

Please let us know whether the American Library Association can help in any way toward recovery. Contact the Chapter Relations Offce: Michael Dowling at 312-280-3200 or Don Wood at 312-280-2429.

West Virginia Flood June 2016

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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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To Donate Funds for West Virginia Flood Relief/Assistance

People who need cleanup assistance, are available to volunteer or want to donate should visit https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/ or connect with an agency in their local community. Individuals and businesses in counties that have been declared federal disaster areas should visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). From the Office of the Governor of West Virgina (For photos, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/governortomblin/albums/72157669712666052)
 
From American Libraries (July 22, 2016):

There are ways you can help Rainelle (W.Va.) Public Library and The Clendenin branch of the Kanawha County (W.Va.) Public Library (KCPL) system:

Responding to Disasters

Resources

American Library Association Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography and other fact sheets from the ALA Library.

ALA Office for Library Advocacy Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Library of Congress Emergency Preparedness: Flood Response and Recovery

Library of Congress Response to Floods and Water Damage For Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Other Repositories

Library of Congress Emergency Management

Library of Congress What To Do If Collections Get Wet

Archives and Preservation Resources Technical Information A Primer on Disaster Preparedness, Management and Response: Paper-Based Materials (PDF)

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

Hurricane Sandy

We hope you and your family and friends were not directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts go out to those who were.

Please let us know whether any libraries in your states were damaged by the hurricane and whether the American Library Association can help in any way toward recovery. Contact the Chapter Relations Offce: Michael Dowling at 312-280-3200 or Don Wood at 312-280-2429.

New Jersey

Rebuilding New Jersey's Libraries Fund

Many of our communities and their libraries have been affected by Sandy. We will not know the full extent of the damage or impact until all power is restored. (Posted November 2012)

In response to numerous requests, the New Jersey Library Association has created a way for those in New Jersey and all across the country to donate to the Rebuilding New Jersey's Libraries fund. All monies will be distributed to New Jersey's libraries once more assessment is completed.

For further information contact Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director, NJLA at 609-394-8032.

New York

To support damaged NY libraries, make donations through the New York Library Association. (Posted November 2012)

For further information contact Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director, NYLA at 518-432-6952.