A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders
This class prepares librarians on how to work with local responders: public safety, fire/rescue, public health department, local health care facilities, and emergency planners.
Libraries have a critical role to play in disaster preparation and recovery (command centers, communication centers, Internet information centers for health information, government updates, etc.) but need a seat at the table with the right people, and they need to have something to offer. During and after a disaster is not the time for libraries to learn how to work with local, state, and federal responders. The time to build and develop these relationships is before a disaster strikes. It is critical to have a seat at the table before, during, and after a disaster. This session will cover the basics of initiating and developing relationships with all relevant local, state, and federal officials and agencies as well as with emergency responders.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify and understand the different roles played by local, state, and federal government and associated entities;
- Confidently and competently develop relationships that will lead to a seat at the table before, during, and after a disaster;
- Understand the non traditional critical roles that a library should play during a disaster; and
- Use the toolkit provided to identify library competencies and stakeholder needs in order to get a seat at the table.
About the Disaster Information Specialization Certificate