Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

Hurricane Preparedness & Response for Florida Public Libraries

Hurricane in Atlantic ocean

Improving Florida Public Library Utilization in Community Hurricane Response

Service Role

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) offers community a DRC whether a FEMA designated DRC; a state, county or municipal DRC, a Point of distribution (POD) of aid, or simply a place for neighbors to make sense and provide each other aid. Best practices include:

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

State, County, or Municipal DRC

  • Public libraries may serve as state, county or municipal DRCs separate from or in addition to serving as a FEMA DRC. Work with emergency management and local government;
  • Public libraries may help pre-organize residents visits to DRCs by helping residents to identify benefit eligibility, filing online (or paper) applications and assembling needed documentation.

Point of Distribution (POD)

  • Review FEMA NIMS training IS-26 Guides to Points of Distribution (POD).
  • Public libraries are good POD locations because their locations are well known in the community.
  • Distributions may include (Army/FEMA) blue tarps, hot meals, sand, ice, etc. In some cases distribution points can be pre-arranged through county emergency management.
  • Miami-Dade Public Library will manage a regional POD and in return the county will assign public library staff only to public libraries in an emergency. For basic POD policies and procedures see Miami-Dade Public Library. (2008, July 15). Hurricane policy and procedures. Section “F” PDF file. Point of Distribution site. (see page 22).

Neighborhood DRC

The public library can serve as a neighborhood place to come together and:

  • Make sense of what just happened; and
  • Offer aid to one another formally and informally.

DRC Best Resources