Presenters for this session:
Carolyn Bly – Circulation Manager
Jeanne Crips – Director of Facilities
Couple of minutes to start. For the curious, I was sitting on my ankle and I can no longer feel it.
Added bonus: Can’t feel my foot either.
Jeanne Crisp starting us off.
Sno-Isle is a Polaris library but this is not a Polaris specific topic at all.
When a disaster occurs, libraries can help.
Carolyn, the Circ Manager has years of experience with the local Search and Rescue.
Sno-Isle is a two county system. 21 community libraries. 450+ staff. Administrative Centre located in Marysville, WA.
Let’s talk about the Oso Mudslide.
Mudslide engulfed 49 homes. Took out Highway 530, cutting off Darrington, WA.
Normal delivery route, 50 minutes from Service Centre
Post slide detour: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 and a half hours.
Darrington is about 1,400 people. Windy mountainous road and hard to reach.
But they’re still our customers so we need to help.
Library IT: LESS THAN 24 HOURS LATER
Re-established Internet access for the library and the community
Provided additional computers for public use
IT took up personal hotspot devices with the best carrier for the area.
IT also took up additional computers (half a dozen) for community use.
They also set up a large antenna outside the library to pump up the wireless to several blocks around the library itself.
Additional service hours implemented – to open up seven days a week.
Additional collection provided
DVDs and OverDrive donations
New materials were not allowed to float from Darrington.
They also set up an informational website
News and media
Links to help
OverDrive also offered a donated collection surrounding “coping with grief.”
Branch Manager lived in Snohomish and drove to Darrington.
His route was quite affected by the highway cut off. Instead, he drove from home to Admin Centre then picked up a van full of stuff for Darrington.
That way he managed deliveries while getting to work
Bypass road opened up. Traffic following a lead car at about 20 MPH.
Two spare library trucks were pressed into service. So the library loaned the trucks and courier bins to the County for recovery efforts.
And now Carolyn will discuss the adjustments she made to the ILS to respond to the disaster.
Items lost in the slide or due to the slide were waived. No fines and fees.
Customers couldn’t get to their homes in some cases. All related charges waived with message “Landslide damage.”
Carolyn: pulled maps and created record sets for patrons affected by the slide
Record sets were set to bulk change to exclude from overdue, exclude from notice.
Contacted Unique to stop collection efforts on all of these accounts.
Carolyn did this of her own initiative. No one was contacted to let them know this was happening as it was happening. Sometimes, you just need to do the thing and tell people later.
Because they realized that services can be offered in a crisis, Sno-Isle is now involved in Emergency Planning and Management at the county level.
Remembering Linda McPherson – former Branch Manager
Playing the video from the dedication of the room.
Bit of an audio issue but when you’ve dealt with a mudslide like this, then this isn’t an issue.
No response was planned ahead of time. There was no emergency preparation plan in place for something of this nature.
Comment: Not sure people understand how traumatic the event was. People were searching for bodies and possessions for months. (From a resident of Washington in the audience.)
Question: Was a list created to replace materials?
Probably didn’t. Son-Isle is a popular materials library. And it wasn’t a large volume that was missing so it wasn’t a big concern.
Question: Hurricane disaster in Florida – One county over was very hard hit. Their staff handled phone calls, communications, story times, and help for those affected.
When the hot spots were brought in, was that one person per use?
The hotspot is just a wireless router on the cell network. So more than one person can use it at a time. They took a bunch of them up, figured which one worked best for which carrier, and then loaded up the library with those.
Similar situation: Hurricane Sandy and Queens Library –
Queens provided power as they were able to get their hands on generators. So they got generators and plug strips. People wanted power and diapers.
There’s a plan in place now to have generators delivered to locations in the event of an emergency.
Looks like we’re wrapping up! Keep in mind, even in a disaster, the library can help.
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