Available Until 10/25/2024

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response for Information Professionals*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Emily Vardell at evardell@emporia.edu . 

This course will explore how libraries of all types are impacted by disasters including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, and pandemics. Students will learn how librarians work in preparation, prevention, and planning for effective disaster preparedness and response with a focus on community needs and health literacy concerns. This course will expose students to core disaster information resources and provide students with an opportunity to obtain hands-on experience with creating disaster plans and considering outreach opportunities in this area.

Resource URL: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RE9DUNwW3u2yg0g2lq1UfycUHBztVEuA/view

Learning Objectives

Learn from experiences in the field
Create a One Page Service Continuity Plan
Survey and evaluate available Disaster Preparedness Plans


Week 1:

Course Overview


Week 2:

Risk Assessment


Week 3:

Librarian Roles: Leveraging the Library


Week 4:

Responding to a Threat


Week 5:

Disaster Information Resources


Week 6:

Disaster Preparedness Plans


Week 7:

Pandemics/Health-Related Disasters


Week 8:



Week 9:



Week 10:



Week 11:

Floods and Hurricanes*


Week 12:

Violence in Libraries*


Week 13:

Literacy Concerns


Week 14:



Week 15:

Librarian Self-Care in Disasters


Week 16:

Planning for the Future


MLA CE Credits: 27