I thought this might be of interest to many of you. The International Librarians Network (ILN) has started a discussion forum about the role of libraries in disasters. I was happy to receive a request and contribute a post to their discussion.
Brief from my guest post for the ILN website:
Libraries are helping people in cities experiencing crisis around the globe by partnering with organizations to preserve cultural heritage, provide access to education, and health-related resources. In times of natural and man-made disasters, libraries are playing a key role in the recovery process helping to keep families together and rebuild communities. As disaster response in countries such as Chile has proven, governments and private and public organizations must include libraries into emergency planning and response efforts. Libraries are saving lives and providing hope in uncertain times.