Posts Tagged 'Disaster'

Public Libraries Designated as Essential Service during Emergencies

Maryland SB 858 and HB 1001 – Designating Public Libraries as Essential Services (in times of Emergencies) have unanimously passed in each of their houses. These bills will make public libraries among those public services that Maryland’s Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will list as priority in getting services restored and funds allocated to do so by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  This also has the potential to earn each public library system a seat at the table with their local Emergency Management Board. Public libraries have already proven to have an important role during emergencies and this is considered a success for the public library community.

Feel free to thank your Senators and Delegates for their support. You can use Capwiz to do so.

 

FEMA now includes libraries as temporary relocation facility

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now includes libraries on the list of facilities that need a temporary location during a major disaster or emergency.  Senator Jack Reed was instrumental in bringing about this change. This is a great victory to help libraries provide essential services when beginning to recover from an emergency.  For a few more details, please see the District Dispatch.


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