ERIC Number: ED241059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery.
Grams, Theodore C. W.
Intended to be used in conjunction with the Portland State University handbook entitled "Safety Guidelines and Emergency Procedures," this manual provides guidelines to be followed in the event of library emergencies involving fire, flood, fumes, smoke, and water leakage, with special attention given to the processes required for the salvage of library materials which have been damaged by water. A checklist of emergency procedures covers the location and description of emergencies, reporting of emergencies, building evacuation, the proper use of fire alarms and extinguishers, fire prevention, and steps for dealing with flooding, water leaks, fumes, and smoke. Three plans for disaster recovery from water damage are then outlined, covering the freezing of up to 15, up to 50, and more than 50 shelves of books. Extensive appendices present lists of salvage team members, library staff volunteers (this list is not complete), and local and off-site conservation and restoration specialists; listings of sources of supplies, equipment, and services; information on freezing priorities, the handling and packing of wet or damp material for freezing, and the handling of special materials, including archival storage boxes, separate sheets and leaves, photographic materials, and audiovisual materials; and building maps showing the location of fire alarm boxes, hoses, and portable extinguishers. (ESR)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Univ. Library.