What do Irene, Igor, Felix, Katrina, Wilma and Fabian have in common? They are all retired names for North Atlantic hurricanes. But more important than knowing this year’s list of names is having a solid plan to be well-prepared for when a hurricane, or any disaster, strikes the Florida peninsula. This workshop will satisfy the appetite of storm enthusiasts but also meet the practical needs of library leaders who are often called upon during disasters and community crises. Laura Spears will present effective strategies for hurricane preparedness, review key disaster-preparedness resources, and lead the attendees through development of a disaster plan outline using the Information Institute’s Hurricane Portal. Attendees will leave with clear, next steps to take to prepare their organization for their communities’ needs.
• Attendee Disaster Preparedness Survey
• Hurricane Preparedness Presentation
• Service Role Exercise
• Outline YOUR Preparedness Plan
• Next Steps
Spears began working for the Information Use Management & Policy Institute at Florida State University as the Information Institute Fellow. Before working at the Institute, she worked as the Director of the Society of the Four Arts King Library in Palm Beach, FL. She has also taught a variety of graduate classes as an adjunct faculty professor for FSU’s School of Library and Information Studies. Her professional background includes participation as a board member for the LSTA Advisory Council for the State of Florida Division of Museum and Library Services as well as for the Palm Beach County Library Association and the Florida Library Association.
Her professional interests are in library leadership and advocacy, the intermediation of individual data streams. She has also actively researched the challenges of deploying broadband technologies in Florida rural communities and supports the IMLS National Forum Project, iMapLibraries, led by Dr. Christie Koontz.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She entered the FSU Doctoral program in Library and Information Studies in the Fall of 2011.+