Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery in School Libraries: Creating a Safe Haven, 1st Edition

  • Christie Kaaland
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1610697308
  • ISBN-13: 9781610697309
  • DDC: 025.8
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 140 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released March 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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No school is immune to disaster, whether in the form of a natural event like a tornado or a tragedy like the violence that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The key to minimizing injury or death in an emergency is preparedness-something the school librarian is uniquely positioned to lead. This must-have book will show you how to be proactive in getting your school ready for the worst. It provides comprehensive preparedness and recovery plans, check lists, and curricular recommendations on preparedness that can be tailored to your individual library and community. Covering natural disasters, human-made disasters, and school violence, the book shows you how to conduct drills, assess vulnerabilities and risk, communicate preparedness plans, and use bibliotherapy for disaster recovery. It also describes how your library can be a safe haven for students who feel disconnected, bullied, or otherwise disenfranchised. Although the book is primarily intended for school librarians, classroom teachers will also find many ideas here for helping students be better prepared for disasters, whatever their cause or severity.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
1: Library Leadership during Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery.
Stephanie’s Story: Beach Elementary and Hurricane Katrina.
2: Natural Disasters.
Laura Pearle and Hackley School Fire.
3: Human-Caused Disasters, Intentional and Accidental.
4: Communication.
5: Risk Assessment and Threats of School Violence.
6: Vulnerability Assessment for the School Library and Beyond.
7: Drill, Drill, Drill.
8: Emergency Planning, Emergency Kits.
Columbine: The Road to Recovery has Led to Success.
9: Recovery.
10: Books that Heal, Books that Help: Using Literature in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery.
11: Summary: The Library as Safe Haven.
Appendix A.
Appendix B: Sample Lesson Plans.
About the Author.
About the Contributor.