Hurricane Recovery and Libraries — How Information Can Help with Disaster Recovery

News | September 25, 2017

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, EBSCO is providing free access for six months to its disaster relief reference materials, made available to libraries in affected areas.

As we watched the weather forecasts and the subsequent destruction from the 2017 Hurricane Season and now with the earthquake in Mexico, we started to think about what we can do to help affected communities recover. On a small scale, we sent EBSCO bags and GOBI water bottles to a sales rep in Houston who wanted to give them out to those who were displaced, reached out to customers who were having access issues and asked for the best options for donation.

We also looked at the information we have and how we could share it. We focused on two databases that we could make available to public libraries in affected states and countries — Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center and Home Improvement Reference Center.

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center is a database used by corporations and government agencies. One thing EBSCO does for corporate customers is to map content to competencies. For example, if a company wants to focus on diversity, we can map e-books, business book summaries and journal articles to that issue. In looking to the immediate needs of the individuals, communities, businesses and libraries looking to begin the recovery process, we decided to take the same approach with Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center.

We know libraries are vital to their communities and that is never truer than when the community needs assistance.

Our product management team pulled together information related to: cleaning up after floods, child protection following natural disasters, water quality management following floods, food safety following natural disasters and preparing for the next disaster for individuals and communities looking to recover. We also pulled information related to: business continuity following a natural disaster, library management following a natural disaster and small business management following a flood for libraries and businesses affected by the hurricanes and their aftermath and the type of recovery the earthquake will require.

Home Improvement Reference Center

While many public libraries may be familiar with Home Improvement Reference Center, this center is more than just a resource for DIY projects. Our trainers pulled pertinent topics that libraries can highlight for their patrons who may be focused on clean-up and rebuilding including the lowdown on mold, six tips to deal with water damage, how to remove wallboard, installing interior doors and installing wallboard.

We know libraries are vital to their communities and that is never truer than when the community needs assistance. We are proud to be associated with libraries and help them provide valuable services to their patrons. We hope this information helps with their recovery.

For information on how the different states and countries are making this content available, visit EBSCO’s Help Site.

If you are a library patron in Texas, Louisiana or Georgia, visit your local public library for details.

If your library has been affected by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, please contact the following EBSCO Sales Representatives to learn how you can add these disaster recovery resources to your collection:

  • English-speaking Caribbean: Susan Entrican, 
  • Spanish-speaking Caribbean: Angela Cardona, 

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