Libraries of Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties Get OPAL Emergency Prep Training

The West Deptford Public Library (WDPL) was one of three New Jersey libraries to receive funding for their community disaster preparedness program from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM MAR). The library was eligible for this grant because they attended the NJ State Library’s Ports in a Storm summit, completed a service continuity plan and, then, attended an advanced disaster planning workshop.

Following the Ports in a Storm Summit, WDPL took the following actions to prepare for emergency preparedness and response:

  • training staff in emergency response
  • partnering with West Deptford Township Emergency Services Response Team
  • partnering with the Southwest Long Term Recovery Group
  • featuring information for emergency preparedness and response on the library’s website
  • offering programs and providing written information for the public on emergency preparedness.

The library also won a Powermate Sx5500watt generator in a raffle for attending the Summit.

According to Marie Downes, library director who wrote the grant application, if the library is operational after an emergency, library services will be available to help affected community members in their recovery.

The $3,000 grant the library received funded a workshop for the LOGIN  group (Libraries of Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties Information Network), presented by Dan Wilson (in center of photo below), coordinator NN/LM Emergency Response Initiative, University of VA, at WDPL.

One Page All Libraries (OPAL) emergency preparedness training workshop


Each LOGIN library received an American Red Cross weather alert radio.

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