Hurricane Preparedness & Response for Florida Public Libraries Web Portal Updated

The Information Institute’s Hurricane Preparedness & Response for Florida Public Libraries web portal has been updated to include information about Laura I. Spear’s recent Hurricane Preparedness workshop in Port Charlotte, FL and the NOAA outlook for the 2013 Hurricane Season.  This web portal serves as an excellent resource for public libraries and assists them with:

  • Identifying and organizing hurricane-related information resources, services, roles, and best practices related to hurricane preparedness;
  • Developing model plans, standards, guidelines and recommendations for hurricane preparedness; and
  • Discovering existing strategies that libraries use to assist state and regional government with disaster coordination and organization responsibilities; and
  • Discovering Hurricane Preparedness training and organization opportunities and events sponsored by the Information Institute, the American Red Cross and other agencies. 

The web portal was created with the support of the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center at Florida State University’s College of Business to assist public libraries and local communities better plan for, and respond to, hurricanes.  

The Institute is seeking additional funding and partnerships to continue to update and expand the web portal and to develop additional modules, with particular emphasis on modules that assist public library managers to cultivate relationships with local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs), regional disaster recovery agencies, and other emergency management and government responders.

For further information, or to share experiences, please contact Charles R. McClure, PhD, Principal Investigator, at the Information Institute:

Learn more about the project here.

Visit the web portal here.