Is your library ready for the disaster season?

Every year, libraries across Australia are at risk from fire, flood, earthquakes and abnormal weather conditions. 2019-2020 will be particularly challenging and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and BlueShield Australia, of which ALIA is a founder member, have updated the ALIA Disaster Management for Libraries Guides in the lead-up to the season.

Blue Shield Australia Chair Sue Hutley said, “The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre has recently released its seasonal outlook. It warns that Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and parts of Western Australia and South Australia face an above normal potential fire threat as a result of very warm and dry conditions and below average rainfall. We hope that every library will take advantage of these new materials to help plan for the disaster we hope never happens.”

The three updated guides are the ALIA Disaster Management for Libraries Part One – Guide; ALIA Disaster Management for Libraries Part Two – Disaster Plan Template; and ALIA Disaster Scenarios for Staff Training Sessions.

These guides provide valuable information to assist library and information professionals to prepare for disasters such as fires and floods. The guides cover areas including collection priorities, disaster risk assessment, and creating a disaster plan.

The guides can be seen on the ALIA website.


About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.

With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.  


Karolina Firman, Communications Officer,

Tuesday 03 September 2019 11:30am