An article appearing online in First Monday discusses the importance of public library Internet access in times of emergencies. As demonstrated after the devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, public libraries were a place of first refuge for their communities in times of crisis, and played substantial roles in helping their communities get through and rebuild after emergencies.
How quickly your library can get back to business after a disaster depends on emergency planning done today.
Continuity Planning may have begun in the business community but there is much here applicable to libraries: NPowers Nonprofit Guide to Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery.
A 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning, by Dan Wilson, Coordinator for NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan.