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How libraries strengthen their communities before, during and after a disaster

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Before a Disaster

Whether you have a few hours to start planning or several months, consider these steps identified by preparedness experts and NLS libraries who have experienced disasters first-hand.


During a Disaster

Learn how Northern California libraries have found creative ways to provide library services and support their communities during recent disasters.

After a Disaster Strikes

Even in the most serious of disasters, the library’s unique role as a trusted convener and source of information can help the community to recover. Learn more about how libraries have supported recovery in the days, weeks and months following a disaster.


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This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


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