Published: Saturday, May 29, 2010, 10:49 AM Updated: Friday, May 28, 2010, 12:57 PM
View full size(Christie Lovvorn/Correspondent)Justin Robertson and Beverly Rossini of USA’s Baugh Biomedical Library, along with Janette Curry, right, manager of the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library, have been coordinating the Hurricane Preparedness Community Day Event, which will take place Saturday at the West Regional Branch.MOBILE, Ala. — As hurricane season approaches, Justin Robertson and his colleagues want you to be ready. They are conducting two hurricane preparedness events.
Robertson, assistant director for public services at the University of South Alabama’s Baugh Biomedical Library, received a $5,000 award from the National Library of Medicine and National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region to conduct the two “Community Day” events.
The funding originated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of the “Ready America” campaign, Robertson said, and were given to only three library partnerships throughout the country.
The first event is June 5 at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library, 5555 Grelot Road, and the second will take place June 26 at the Fairhope Public Library.
Both events will include exhibits by each county’s public health department and emergency response personnel, such as police and emergency management systems.
There also will be booths where staff will provide information about topics including safe pet evacuation, first aid, how to make an emergency plan and how to build a 72-hour kit. Also available will be details about warning signals, evacuation routes and emergency shelters.
Additionally, the Mobile event will include a presentation by Alan Sealls, WKRG-TV’s chief meteorologist, and a children’s story time with meteorologist Deitra Tate of WPMI-TV15.
Bill Williams, head of the university’s Coastal Weather Research Center, will be the guest speaker at the Fairhope Library event.
Robertson said libraries are a natural choice for disaster seminars. “Obviously, one of the most important things to have during a disaster is information,” he said. “Public libraries, as key resources of information in a community, and health sciences libraries as links to reliable medical data, provide an ideal opportunity to exploit the strengths of each type of library.”
Planning ahead is key, said Beverly Rossini, Baugh’s outreach/information resources librarian. “We have had a few quiet hurricane seasons,” she said, “but I urge everyone to recall the many disruptions to everyday life after Katrina and even after Ivan, and to take precautions now so as to prevent some of the inconveniences that will undoubtedly arise with even a small storm.”
“The Community Day Events should serve as reminders that it is time to get busy with making preparations.”
For more information, contact Robertson at 251-460-7045 or firstname.lastname@example.org