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Libraries and Athletic Clubs

It seems that because public and college libraries are already set up with security that setting them up either as places for the disaster responders to rest/relax at and/or to provide shelter is logical and would require minimal efforts. For example, why not provide back-up generators for libraries and contract with them to aid in a disaster instead of closing up?

The same for athletic clubs that have security and ample showers and room to accommodate either disaster responders and/or shelter during/after a disaster. Again, providing back-up power generators would be a small investment in a place that is already set up to render assistance both during and after a disaster with minimal investment and planning.

Submitted by Curtis A. Holley 1 year ago

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  1. Have you EVER been inside a library?

    Exactly where do you expect to find room for "disaster responders to rest/relax and/or to provide shelter"?

    Athletic clubs are at least physically more reasonable for possible use by responders, but most AC are businesses - the only reason one is shut down following a disaster is generally because the facility is damaged on inaccessible.

    I'm not sure what "security" aspect of libraries and athletic clubs makes you think of them for this use, but most have little real security and what security they do have is typically totally inapprorpriate for the use you suggest.

    1 year ago
  2. Athletic clubs are generally privately owned. Unless there is a preexistant agreement, the suggestion would be prohibitive.The local jurisdictional Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) should already explain the procedure for sheltering. Likwise security procedures should already be addressed in that EOP. It is assumed that if the jurisdiction has received federal prepardness grants that the EOP was developed in compliance with the Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101, ESF 6 – Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing and Human Services and ESF 13 – Public Safety and Security.

    1 year ago
  3. Churches are still one of the best choices for shelters. They generally have large spaces, multiple restrooms, multifunctional kitchens and generous parking. In addition many have medical professionals as members.

    6 months ago