Many communities across eastern Australia have endured a weekend of rainfall which has resulted in destructive flooding and many areas being evacuated.
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) acknowledges the work of state emergency services, and the many community volunteers, who have mobilised to respond to this current crisis.
So far, there are reports of minimal damage to libraries, but available information is still limited at this time. We understand that there are also libraries standing by to provide services as evacuation centres for their communities.
The ALIA team is monitoring the ongoing situation, and is currently reaching out to libraries in those affected communities. If your library has been impacted by flooding, please contact ALIA and Blue Shield Australia to let us know, particularly if you require support with your disaster recovery processes, or if we can help in any other way.
Sue Hutley, Chair of Blue Shield Australia, said that this current disaster is a reminder to all libraries that they should ensure that their disaster preparedness plan is up to date. 'Take this opportunity to review and renew your plan, particularly your emergency contacts list, ensure that it is accessible to all staff who need it.'
For resources and guidance on disaster preparation, planning and recovery, see ALIA's disaster planning webpage. Other useful guides and information resources on flood recovery are also available on the Blue Shield Australia page.
About the Australian Library and Information Association and Blue Shield Australia
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. www.alia.org.au
ALIA is a founder member of Blue Shield Australia, a network of committees of dedicated individuals across the world that is: ‘committed to the protection of the world’s cultural property, and is concerned with the protection of cultural and natural heritage, tangible and intangible, in the event of armed conflict, natural- or human-made disaster’.
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