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911: Library Disaster Planning for Your Community Webcast 

This is a 60 minute pre-recorded webcast. With our online anytime format, you will immediately receive the link to the webcast, password and the link to the webcast handout upon successful registration. You do not need any special software to view and listen, just a computer!  Since passwords are changed frequently, we suggest viewing the webcast as soon as possible after registering.  


Libraries are the cornerstone of the community.  When disaster strikes, they are a haven for people in chaos.  The library should be part of the community disaster planning.  The public library is one of the few places disaster victims can go to charge their phone, computers, etc., use a bathroom, fill out FEMA/SEMA, insurance forms, or just to find a quiet place.   Patrons depend on the library and library staff to navigate them through the turmoil.

Agenda: Click here for agenda

The Key Idea: Work with your community experts (and libraries around the United States) to plan for different kinds of crises.


  • Seek out information from libraries that are located in the sites of disasters – floods, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, tornados – and find out what they learned from their experience.
  • Spearhead community meetings about disaster relief with other community and government agencies – roles and training.
  • Identify purchases - power back-ups, washing machines, emergency supplies, etc. – and how to pay for them.
  • Establish phone trees and means of communicating when there is no phone lines, power, or cell phone reception.
  • Decide in advance emergency policies during community crises, including use of library resources.


Pat Wagner has been a trainer, educator, and consultant for 40 years, having worked with clients in 48 states and Canada. She is a manager and producer at Pattern Research, Inc. Pat likes to find the essence in models of human behavior and organizational design and build effective and engaging formats for learning: face-to-face, in print, and online. She has been a poet, playwright, printer, publisher, and graphic designer, and loves books, gardens, and the arts.


Each registration entitles the registrant only to access the webcast. Registrations may not be shared in any way. You may not broadcast or redistribute in any way without prior approval from Mid-America Library Alliance. That includes, but is not limited to, displaying webcast via projector, large screen tv, or overhead projector.

  • MALA Member: $20.00
  • Non-Member: $40.00

MALA Webcast Billing/Refund/Credit Policy:  We prefer all webcasts to be prepaid.  If you prefer to be billed, this is a $5 charge for this service.