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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Libraries: Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Planning Summit

Summit Details

SEPTEMBER 9 and 10, 2021

The Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning Summit is a workshop for library administrators, staff, and partners who seek to improve their knowledge around preparedness before, during, and after disasters. The Summit will address topics such as: Introduction to Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Planning, Creating a Disaster Plan, Emergency Preparedness Considerations for People with Disabilities, Design before Disaster, Crisis Communications, Mental Health for Staff, Librarians’ Roles and Supporting Staff in Emergencies, and Partnerships including the FEMA Ambassador program. Hear from colleagues who will talk about living through disasters, and participate in a Collections & Salvage workshop and Disaster Plan Stress Test with the NEDCC.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

  • Introduction to Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Planning: Melissa Potter, SCEMD
  • Creating A Disaster Plan: Michele Stricker, New Jersey State Library
  • Caring for the Mental Well-Being of your Staff and Community in the Wake of a Disaster: Taylor Atkinson, Union County Public Library
  • Emergency Preparedness Considerations for People with Disabilities: Dori Tempie, Able South Carolina
  • Living Through Disasters: Stories from the
  • Public Library Front Lines: Blair Hinson, Oconee County; Bobbie Grooms, Marlboro County; Christina Nielsen, Charleston County; Dwight Mclnvaill, Georgetown County
  • Collections & Salvage workshop: Stephanie Garafolo, NEDCC
  • Fire Safety Planning for Museums, Libraries, and Archives: Michael Trinkley, Chicora Foundation

Friday, September 10,  2021

  • When Disaster Strikes/Ports in a Storm: Michele Stricker, New Jersey State Library
  • Crisis Communications: Derrec Becker, SCEMD
  • Planning for a Successful Disaster Recovery: Ann Frellsen, Preservation Consulting, Book & Paper Conservation, Disaster Planning & Recovery
  • Design before Disaster: David Moore, MacMillan, Pazdan, Smith Architecture
  • Disaster Plan Stress Test: Stephanie Garafalo, NEDCC
  • Supporting Library Staff in Emergencies and Natural Disasters; Making the Case for Serving our Communities Equitably Through Partnerships: Dr. Feili Tu-Keefner, UofSC; Caroline Smith and Denise Lyons, South Carolina State Library; April Hobbs, Charleston County Public Library
  • Post-trauma Bibliotherapy for Families: Valerie Byrd Fort, MUS, UofSC, Cocky's Reading Express, South Carolina Center for Community Literacy
  • How to Build Relationships with Vulnerable and Underserved Communities: Mauricio Orozco, SC Commission for Minority Affairs


Presentation Materials

Presentation materials are available at the Emergency Preparedness Summit Materials page. 


FM Auditory Assistance, large print or Braille materials, and other accessibility accommodations are available by request. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact the program organizer at least two weeks in advance. 

Travel Grants

South Carolina library staff are eligible for a special Continuing Education Travel Grant for hotel costs. Please contact Wendy Coplen, Grants Administrator at for application materials.


Registration is $25 and closes Friday, September 3.

Register here:

You can pay online or registrants may also pay by check. Please include the participant's name and the event title with your payment. Make checks to South Carolina State Library, at the following address:
Attn: Finance Department
SC State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

In the event of a cancellation, please contact the organizer.

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia
1200 Pickens Street Columbia, SC 29201

Rooms are $124.26 per night including tax.

Use this link to reserve your room:





Tiffany Hayes, Library Development Director,



Parking is free and available at the hotel.

SC State Library Information


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