Disaster Management Plan - Introduction

The University of Georgia Libraries Disaster Management Plan has two primary goals: to reduce the likelihood that the Libraries will experience disaster and to mitigate the impact of any disasters that do occur. 

The "best" disaster is one for which we are so well prepared that it never happens. Potential for disaster can be reduced by identifying and correcting hazardous conditions and by encouraging staff alertness in detecting and reporting problems. See Disaster Prevention Recommendations

The main sections of the Disaster Management Plan outline strategies for coping with disaster when it does occur. It delegates authority to act and lists actions to be taken so that damage can be minimized by a swift and appropriate response. The plan is organized according to the chain of events that a disaster would trigger, beginning with the initial response and followed by damage assessment and preliminary actions, detailed salvage procedures, and sources of supplies and services. The order in which materials should receive attention and proper techniques for handling them are also covered. 

Disasters can arise from a variety of sources, from natural events such as tornadoes and earthquakes to fires and floods caused by the failure of manmade structures and equipment. A common element in almost every type of disaster, however, is water damage, and the Disaster Management Plan addresses itself primarily to this problem. 

The Disaster Management Plan covers the Main and Science Libraries as well as the Library Repository. Each member of the Disaster Response Team has a copy of the plan at work and at home. Additional copies of the plan are kept in the campus Public Safety Office, the Libraries Security Office, the Reserve Reading Collection, the G drive of Libris, the Faculty Handbook and the Staff Handbook. 

Some areas of the Libraries, such as the Russell and Hargrett Libraries, have their own disaster plan in addition to this one. Copies of these plans are kept in the Libraries Security Office as well as in the library or department of origin. 

The Disaster Management Plan will be reviewed and updated as needed.