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A common definition of disaster management is difficult because the term disaster may refer to different situations, and the approaches to manage these situations can vary in scope and aim. A disaster usually refers to an unpredictable event with relevant negative consequences for people, businesses, and the environment. According to the magnitude of damages generated, disasters are detected from catastrophes. With reference to the speed of occurrence, disasters are classified as emergencies or not. Moreover, different literature streams focus on either industrial disasters, which are produced by companies in their ordinary activity (e.g., blow out of some plants) or natural disasters, which are incidence of natural hazard events (earthquakes, eruptions, floods, or cyclones). Managing a disaster is also a very broad definition, as the art of management can span from forecasting to...
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Aureli, S. (2020). Disaster Management. In: Idowu, S., Schmidpeter, R., Capaldi, N., Zu, L., Del Baldo, M., Abreu, R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Sustainable Management. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02006-4_676-1
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A Film Tribute to Gilbert White In honor of the late Gilbert White, the film Reflections on the Life of Gilbert White, produced by independent filmmaker Marshall Frech through funds provided by the Public Entity Risk Institute, was shown as the final segment of the workshop. The film highlights the leadership that Dr. White provided over the years, especially for the hazards community, and the outstanding contributions he made to research and policy during his long and productive life. Following the showing of the film, William Hooke, chair of theDRâs steering committee, announced that the next workshop, the 22nd, will focus on disaster risk management in the context of climate change and is scheduled for April 3, 2008. He then announced the adjournment of the 21st workshop. Bibliography Alesch, D.J., J.N. Holly, E. Mittler, and R. Nagy. 2001. Organizations at Risk: What Happens When Small Businesses and Not-for-Profits Encounter Natural Disasters. Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute. Berke, P., J. Kartez, and D. Wenger. 1993. Recovery After Disaster: Achieving Sustainable Development, Mitigation and Equity, Disasters 17: 93-109. Bolin, R., and L. Stanford. 1998. The Northridge Earthquake: Vulnerability and Disaster. New York: Routledge. Chang, S.E. 2001. Structural Change in Urban Economics: Recovery and Long-Term Impacts in the 1995 Kobe Earthquake, Kokumin Keizai Zasshi (Journal of Economics and Business Administration) 183 (1):47-66. Haas, J.E., R. Kates, and M. Bowden. 1977. Reconstruction Following Disaster. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. May, P.J., and W. Williams. 1986. Disaster Policy Implementation: Managing Programs Under Shared Governance. New York and London: Plenum Press. Mileti, D. 1999. Disasters by Design: A Reassessment of Natural Hazards in the United States. Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press. National Research Council. 2006. Facing Hazards and Disasters: Understanding Human Dimensions. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Olshansky, R.B., and J.D. Kartez. 1998. Managing Land Use to Build Resilience. Pp. 167-201 in R. Burby (ed.) Cooperating with Nature: Confronting Natural Hazards with Land-Use Planning for Sustainable Communities. Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press. Peacock, W., N. Dash, and Yang Zhang. 2006. Sheltering and Housing Recovery Following Disaster. Pp. 258-274 in H. RodrÃguez, E.L. Quarantelli and R.R. Dynes (eds.) Handbook of Disaster Research. New York: Springer. 10
Phillips, B.D., and D.M. Neal. 2007. Recovery. Pp. 207-233 in W.L. Waugh Jr. and K.Tierney (eds.) Washington, DC: ICMA Press Rubin, C.B., M.D. Saperstein, and D.G. Barbee. 1985. Community Recovery from a Major Natural Disaster. Monograph 41. Boulder, CO: Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado. Rubin, C.B. 1991. Recovery from Disaster. Pp. 224-259 in T.E. Drabek and G.J. Hoetmer (eds.) Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government. Washington, DC: International City Management Association. Smith, G. and D. Wenger. 2006. Sustainable Disaster Recovery: Operational zing and Existing Agenda. Pp. 234-257 in H. RodrÃguez, E.L. Quarantelli and R.R. Dynes (eds.) Handbook of Disaster Research. New York: Springer. Tierney, K. 2006. Business and Disasters: Vulnerability, Impacts, and Recovery. Pp. 275-296in H. RodrÃguez, E.L. Quarantelli and R.R. Dynes (eds.) Handbook of Disaster Research. New York: Springer. Webb, G.R., K.J. Tierney, and J.M. Dahlhamer. 2003. Predicting Long-Term Business Recovery from Disaster: A Comparison of the Loma Prieta Earthquake and Hurricane Andrew. Environmental Hazards 4:45-58. 11
Disaster recovery is a complex and challenging process that involves all sectors of a community as well as outside interests. In many cases, it is not even clear if and when recovery has been achieved because of varying stakeholder goals for the community, for example with some wanting it returned to what is considered its pre-disaster status and others wanting it to undergo change to realize a vision in which advances are made in risk reduction and other areas. This workshop considered what has been learned about disaster recovery, which has been understudied in comparison to the emergency and other phases of disasters, from both scientific research and the experience of policy makers and practitioners. Historical and recent recovery actions following such events as the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina were discussed, along with examples of both pre- and post-disaster recovery planning.
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Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
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Disasters strike every area of the country, and disasters do not spare libraries. Usually there is little or no warning, and the best defense is a plan for effective response.
This fact sheet is a selective resource for libraries of all sizes and types. It contains links to disaster preparedness web sites whose primary role is emergency response or conservation, and to information on available training, and to other available resources, as well contains a select book bibliography.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS WEB SITES
Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel . Developed by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force , the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel has essential information to help you cope quickly and effectively when disaster strikes. The wheel can be purchased from the task force directly. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force is a partnership of 29 federal agencies, national service organizations (including the American Library Association), and private institutions. It has two major goals: 1) safeguarding America's cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies and 2) using its expertise to help the general public recover from disasters.
You can access the information from the previous 1997 edition of the Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel online; visit the Emergency Response Action Steps and its accompanying General Salvage Techniques web pages at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web site.
The redesigned FEMA web site more explicitly provides disaster resources, with pages to Get Disaster Info , Plan Ahead , Apply for Assistance , and Recover & Rebuild . These resources are also available as tailored for various affected groups, including Institutions and Businesses and Professionals , plus a FEMA for Kids section.
The Artifact Research Center (The ARC) is a laboratory facility specializing in the analysis, interpretation, and preservation of archaeological and archived materials. Offers freeze-drying services to a variety of private, museum, government, conservation, and cultural resource management clients.
Baltimore Academic Library Consortium (BALC) Disaster Preparedness Plan . Includes information on disaster recovery of library materials and a list of supplies, experts and services to assist during a disaster. The web site provides a searchable database of these resources and a page to add a resource . While the majority of the resources are from the Washington/Baltimore area, contributions from any area are welcome.
CoOL - Conservation OnLine: Resources for Conservation Professionals . Probably the main web resource for conservation and preservation information. Links to many other agencies, as well as a directory for locating people involved with conservation and other allied professions.
Cultural Preservation & Restoration, Inc., (CPR) . Offers a wide range of conservation and museum services. Best known for specializing in archaeological conservation, they also specialize in conservation of objects, sculptures, painting, ethnographic materials, textiles, metals, stone, glass, and wood.
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to reduce the impact of disasters. The site, which is designed to provide access to resources on disaster preparedness, recovery, and mitigation, features a searchable database .
The Flood Recovery Booklet of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium is a compilation of resources useful for an individual or an institution. Begin with the booklet's table of contents .
The Minnesota Historical Society offers specific information on recovery of a range of materials, not just standard library materials.
The Missouri State Library Local Records Preservation Program has assembled a range of resources, including resources for disaster preparation planning and disaster response services.
Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Disaster Assistance . Description of NEDCC's emergency assistance program for institutions and individuals with damaged paper-based collections.
The Regional Alliance for Preservation lists organizations throughout the United States that can provide disaster-recovery advice and (in some cases) conservation treatment for damaged items.
SOLINET Preservation and Access Resources, Disaster Mitigation & Recovery Resources . A range of resources, from services available from SOLINET to leaflets in both English and Spanish.
FEMA Emergency Management Institute(EMI) . There are Independent Study Courses on disaster preparedness, disaster assistance, and hazardous materials available to the general public from the EMI at no cost. Special seminars, workshops, and broadcasts are offered at no cost via satellite as part of FEMA's Preparedness Network , called PREPnet.
Upcoming Preservation Workshops sponsored by SOLINET. See the Educational Services page for registration information.
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This page contains a bibliography of articles from scholarly and trade journals regarding disaster planning, preparedness, and recovery in libraries. These are all available through the University of Illinois library, which is available to IFSI employees. If you are not an employee or student at either IFSI or the University of Illinois please contact us or your local library to ask about interlibrary loan. The citations are presented in Chicago/Turabian style.
- Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response for a Seminary Library: Establishing Collections Priorities. Adamo, Clare. “Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response for a Seminary Library: Establishing Collections Priorities.” Catholic Library World 86, no. 3 (March 2016): 164–73.
- Crisis-Management Content in LIS Curricula: Developing a Model for Future Improvement. Alajmi, Bibi M., and Charlene L. Al-Qallaf. “Crisis-Management Content in LIS Curricula: Developing a Model for Future Improvement.” Journal of Library Administration 58, no. 7 (October 2018): 645–73. doi:10.1080/01930826.2018.1514838.
- Building maintenance and emergency preparedness. Ames, Kathryn, and Greg Heid. “Building Maintenance and Emergency Preparedness.” Georgia Library Quarterly 48, no. 1 (Winter 2011): 10–13.
- Don't count on luck, be prepared: Ten lessons learned from the “great flood” at the University of Akron's Science and Technology Library. Calzonetti, Jo Ann, and Victor Fleischer. “Don’t Count on Luck, Be Prepared: Ten Lessons Learned from the ‘Great Flood’ at the University of Akron’s Science and Technology Library.” College & Research Libraries News 72, no. 2 (February 2011): 82–85.
- Investigating Options for Increased Awareness and Use of Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources Among Libraries and Librarians (Part One of a Two-Part Series). Carnes, Sarah. “Investigating Options for Increased Awareness and Use of Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources Among Libraries and Librarians (Part One of a Two-Part Series).” Journal of Hospital Librarianship 18, no. 2 (April 2018): 115–26. doi:10.1080/15323269.2018.1437502.
- Investigating Options for Increased Awareness and Use of Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources Among Libraries and Librarians (Part Two of a Two-Part Series). Carnes, Sarah. “Investigating Options for Increased Awareness and Use of Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources Among Libraries and Librarians (Part Two of a Two-Part Series).” Journal of Hospital Librarianship 18, no. 3 (July 2018): 210–22. doi:10.1080/15323269.2018.1471900.
- Disaster Preparedness and Recovery in Libraries: Bracing for the Worst, Helping the Community Heal. Edwards, Eric A. “Disaster Preparedness and Recovery in Libraries: Bracing for the Worst, Helping the Community Heal.” ILA Reporter 37, no. 1 (February 2019): 38–42.
- The State Library of Louisiana and Public Libraries' Response to Hurricanes: Issues, Strategies, and Lessons. Hamilton, Rebecca. “The State Library of Louisiana and Public Libraries’ Response to Hurricanes: Issues, Strategies, and Lessons.” Public Library Quarterly 30, no. 1 (January 2011): 40–53. doi:10.1080/01616846.2010.525385.
- Weathering the Twitter Storm: Early Uses of Social Media as a Disaster Response Tool for Public Libraries During Hurricane Sandy. Han, Sharon. “Weathering the Twitter Storm: Early Uses of Social Media as a Disaster Response Tool for Public Libraries During Hurricane Sandy.” Information Technology & Libraries 38, no. 2 (June 2019): 37–48. doi:10.6017/ital.v38i2.11018.
- Be Prepared: Writing a Practical Disaster Manual. Holderman, Sharon. “Be Prepared: Writing a Practical Disaster Manual.” Library Leadership & Management 26, no. 1 (March 2012): 1–6.
- Proactive Advocacy: “Emergency Preparedness” for the School Library. Kaaland, Christie. “Proactive Advocacy: ‘Emergency Preparedness’ for the School Library.” School Library Monthly 27, no. 4 (January 2011): 49–51.
- A Perspective on Preservation and Disaster Response Preparedness in Oregon Libraries. Kern, Kristen, and Alex Toth. “A Perspective on Preservation and Disaster Response Preparedness in Oregon Libraries.” OLA Quarterly 17, no. 4 (Winter 2011): 8–12. doi:10.7710/1093-7374.1338.
- Emergency Preparedness in the Legal Librarian Community in the United States: Current Culture and the Need to Expand Collaboration. Lewis, Danielle E. “Emergency Preparedness in the Legal Librarian Community in the United States: Current Culture and the Need to Expand Collaboration.” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 37, no. 3/4 (July 2018): 204–35. doi:10.1080/0270319X.2018.1574164.
- Yes, It Can Happen Here: Disaster Preparedness in Libraries. Miller, Rebecca K. “Yes, It Can Happen Here: Disaster Preparedness in Libraries.” Pennsylvania Library Association Bulletin 71, no. 4 (October 2016): 11–12.
- Libraries and Natural Disasters. Prestamo, Anne M. “Libraries and Natural Disasters.” Journal of Library Administration 58, no. 1 (January 2018): 101–9. doi:10.1080/01930826.2017.1399709.
- Preparing for the end of the world: are you ready for a library disaster? Wessely, Tehani. “Preparing for the End of the World: Are You Ready for a Library Disaster?” Access (10300155) 24, no. 2 (June 2010): 26–29.
- Disaster planning in a health sciences library: a grant-funded approach. Yeh, Felicia, Karen D. McMullen, and Laura T. Kane. “Disaster Planning in a Health Sciences Library: A Grant-Funded Approach.” Journal of the Medical Library Association 98, no. 3 (July 2010): 259–61.
- What Do I Do in an Emergency? The Role of Public Libraries in Providing Information During Times of Crisis. Zach, Lisl. “What Do I Do in an Emergency? The Role of Public Libraries in Providing Information During Times of Crisis.” Science & Technology Libraries 30, no. 4 (September 2011): 404–13. doi:10.1080/0194262X.2011.626341.
- Disaster Preparedness in Academic Libraries: The Case of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Library, Kumasi, Ghana. Ahenkorah-Marfo, Michael, and Edward Mensah Borteye. “Disaster Preparedness in Academic Libraries: The Case of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Library, Kumasi, Ghana.” Library & Archival Security 23, no. 2 (July 2010): 117–36. doi:10.1080/01960075.2010.501417.
- Disaster preparedness of libraries: Insights from polytechnic librarians in Ghana. Ayoung, Azerikatoa D, Christopher S Boatbil, and Frederic N Baada. “Disaster Preparedness of Libraries: Insights from Polytechnic Librarians in Ghana.” Information Development 32, no. 5 (November 2016): 1296–1305. doi:10.1177/0266666915588794.
- Managing disaster preparedness and response for hybrid collections in Australian national and state libraries. Brown, Heather. “Managing Disaster Preparedness and Response for Hybrid Collections in Australian National and State Libraries.” Journal of the Australian Library & Information Association 67, no. 4 (December 2018): 411–33. doi:10.1080/24750158.2018.1539903.
- Do University Libraries in Australia Actively Plan to Protect Special Collections from Disaster? Garnett, Johanna, Paul Arbon, David Howard, and Valerie Ingham. “Do University Libraries in Australia Actively Plan to Protect Special Collections from Disaster?” Journal of the Australian Library & Information Association 67, no. 4 (December 2018): 434–49. doi:10.1080/24750158.2018.1531678.
- Library Disasters in Developing Countries: A Literature Review of Experiences and Way Forward. Idiegbeyan-Ose, Jerome, Roland Izuagbe, Goodluck Ifijeh, Julie Ilogho, Juliana Iwu-James, And Ifeakachuku Osinulu. “Library Disasters in Developing Countries: A Literature Review Of Experiences And Way Forward.” Information World / Bilgi Dunyasi 19, No. 2 (July 2018): 276–96. Doi:10.15612/Bd.2018.687.
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- Disaster Preparedness and Management at the National Archives and the National Library of Namibia. Nyanga, E., C. T. Nengomasha, and C. M. Beukes-Amiss. “Disaster Preparedness and Management at the National Archives and the National Library of Namibia.” African Journal of Library, Archives & Information Science 28, no. 1 (April 2018): 77–91.
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The E. L. Quarantelli Resource Collection is comprised of rare, original, and otherwise hard-to-find archival holdings, published material, and disaster-related objects. A repository of hundreds of thousands of items, this collection— like DRC itself— is internationally known, and is open to interested scholars and agencies involved in disaster research.
Our Location and Hours
Centrally located on the University of Delaware’s main campus in Newark, the E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection is located at the Disaster Research Center who is a member of UD’s vibrant network of research institutes and centers that aid in advancing research and discovery at UD. The DRC is housed at 166 Graham Hall, 111 Academy Street and is easily accessible.
The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection is open to all researchers, by appointment only.
Collection Hours: Monday- 9:00am-4:00pm Tuesday- 9:00am-4:00pm Wednesday- 9:00am-4:00pm Thursday- 9:00am-4:00pm
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The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection at the Disaster Research Center is open to all researchers. For general inquiries related to the Collection or to schedule a visit, please email [email protected] .
Research staff are also available for virtual reference inquiries Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm at [email protected] .
- CURRENT RESEARCH FELLOWS
- PAST RESEARCH FELLOWS
VALERIE MARLOWE , Assistant Director of Archives and Collections at the Disaster Research Center
CORNELIA POSCH , Research Assistant, E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection
MELISSA SHUTZ , Record Coordinator, E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection
Matthew Van is a Doctoral student at the University of Delaware, and hails from Orange County, California. Matthew comes to UD from the California State University, Long Beach Masters in Emergency Services Administration program. His background includes biology, public affairs, and medical sciences. Some of the research topics he has previously explored involve the effects of COVID-19 on social safety net organizations, and variances in public health pandemic policies across different countries. Matthew is currently assessing mapping tools for use in the COVID Collections Project.
Justin Jacoby Smith is a Masters student in the Disaster Science and Management program. After early years as a student organizer, Justin earned a Bachelor’s degree in poetry, and later came into contact with the notion of mutual aid via the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011. Soon after, Occupy Sandy solidified a research interest in social solidarity in disaster, and in understanding the political economy of the disaster setting. After a decade of political organizing and communal living with the Love+Solidarity Collective, his research interests include post-disaster mutual aid, social movements, and group dynamics under pressure.
Neisha Maharaj is a Food Science major at the University of Delaware, and a Research Assistant in the E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection. In addition to her food science expertise, Neisha has a professional background in logistics and manufacturing. Neisha is currently working to evaluate and update the Collection’s holdings on foodborne illnesses and food security in the post-disaster context.
Emergency Planning Resources for Cultural Organizations
While thinking of the big items like writing an Emergency Plan or building a Regional Network might feel overwhelming, the key take-away is that Any action- no matter how small- is better than no action !
Below is a list of relatively low-key activities that anyone interested in improving preparedness at their institution can accomplish! Choose one and let us know how it went!
If there is an Emergency Plan , find it, read it, and update it.
Make a list of other cultural institutions in the area . Reach out to one of them to talk about what mutual aid could look like.
Schedule a regular brown bag lunch with staff outside of your working area to learn about their protocols and plans for emergencies and exchange ideas.
Find a couple of people in the institution who are interested and start an Emergency Team.
Do a walk-through and identify a risk with an easy fix. Get it done – this is something to show when in negotiations over that new budget line for the next preparedness activity.
If the institution is already part of a mutual aid network , make sure everyone’s contact information is up to date.
The most important thing to do is to start the conversation !
Resources as guidance for your own action (all accessed 15 November 2022)
- Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel, in several languages (AIC – American Institute for Conservation)
- Conservation Guides (British Library) https://www.bl.uk/conservation/guides
- Resources (NEDCC) https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/overview
- Emergency Management (Library of Congress) https://www.loc.gov/preservation/emergprep/index.html
- First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis – Handbook & Toolkit (ICCROM)
- Field Guide to Emergency Response (AIC)
- Tip Sheets (NHR) https://www.culturalheritage.org/resources/emergencies/national-heritage-responders/tip-sheets
- Collections Emergency Kits: Video and Handouts (FAIC, Connecting to Collections Care) https://connectingtocollections.org/collections-emergency-kits/
International examples of organizations engaging in preparedness and response (all accessed 15 November 2022)
- CHIEF – Cultural Heritage International Emergency Force (Italy) https://www.chief-onlus.it/
- Kulturgutretter (Germany) https://www.kulturgutretter.org/en/home-2/
- ICCROM – International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (international, headquartered in Rome, Italy) https://www.iccrom.org/
- The Blue Shield (international, divisions in numerous countries) https://theblueshield.org/
- NHR – National Heritage Responders (USA), with AIC – American Institute for Conservation https://www.culturalheritage.org/resources/emergencies/national-heritage-responders
- NEDCC – Northeast Document Conservation Center (USA) https://www.nedcc.org/
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COVID Collections Project Roundtable
During the spring of 2020, as COVID-19 began to dominate the global agenda, museums, libraries, and archives around the world announced efforts to document human experiences of illness, isolation, economic downturn, fear, adaptation, and solidarity. These efforts ranged widely in scale and methods, from local historical societies seeking personal reflections to large scale, federally-funded oral history projects.
This panel discussion will feature representatives from three documentation projects: A Journal of the Plague Year , a curatorial consortium of archival collections that reflect localized and thematic collecting across the U.S. and the world; Lothian Lockdown: The Lothian Diary Project , comprising individual video/audio diaries created by residents of the Lothian region of Scotland; and Signs of the Times: Documenting Covid-19 Signs in Southern Maine , a collection of crowd-sourced photographs of signs and messages created in response to the pandemic.
The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) Archive
May 16, 2018 – The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection is pleased to announce the arrival of The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) Archive , developed in partnership with the University of Delaware’s Art Conservation Department through the work of Art Conservation student Taylor Pearlstein. A cross-section of resources is featured on the Iraqi Institute Archive page .
This Is Chance! The Shaking of an All-American City, A Voice That Held It Together
Jon Mooallem, Random House
Throughout 2017, author Jon Mooallem spent extensive time on-site at the E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection researching
Featured in the New York Times | Opinion: “This Is How You Live When the World Falls Apart” The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 surprised everyone by showing that natural disasters can bring out more kindness than selfishness.
From the publisher: “In the spring of 1964, Anchorage, Alaska, was a modern-day frontier town yearning to be a metropolis—the largest, proudest city in a state that was still brand-new. But just before sundown on Good Friday, the community was jolted by the most powerful earthquake in American history, a catastrophic 9.2 on the Richter Scale. For four and a half minutes, the ground lurched and rolled. Streets cracked open and swallowed buildings whole. And once the shaking stopped, night fell and Anchorage went dark. The city was in disarray and sealed off from the outside world.
Slowly, people switched on their transistor radios and heard a familiar woman’s voice explaining what had just happened and what to do next. Genie Chance was a part-time radio reporter and working mother who would play an unlikely role in the wake of the disaster, helping to put her fractured community back together. Her tireless broadcasts over the next three days would transform her into a legendary figure in Alaska and bring her fame worldwide—but only briefly. That Easter weekend in Anchorage, Genie and a cast of endearingly eccentric characters—from a mountaineering psychologist to the local community theater group staging Our Town—were thrown into a jumbled world they could not recognize. Together, they would make a home in it again.”
SEARCHING THE E.L. QUARANTELLI RESOURCE COLLECTION
The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection is comprised of publicly available material, restricted access archival holdings, and online holdings.
Search the Online Collection By popular demand, DISCAT , the catalog database for the E. L. Quarantelli Resource Collection, is now online! If you are looking for published materials (books, articles), preliminary papers, reports about disasters (damage, after action, recovery), or disaster plans, click here to search our catalog!
RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE
Master publication list, university of delaware online repository, archival materials – restricted access.
The bulk of materials in the E. L. Quarantelli Resource Collection can be found in archival holdings , which comprises materials collected during field research and other original research data.
These materials include, but are not limited to interview transcripts, surveys, photographs and audio-visual materials of disaster events, and supplemental materials collected at disaster sites (e.g. local newspapers, meeting minutes, fliers, and memorabilia).
EMForum.org Webinar Archives
From 1997 to 2014, the Emergency Information Infrastructure Project (EIIP) hosted a continuing series of real-time, interactive presentations on a wide variety of emergency management-related topics, first via text chat and subsequently by the EMForum.org Webinar for the purpose of providing the opportunity for continuing education and professional exchange.
The COVID Collections Project
The COVID Collection Project is a collaboration among the Initiative for Critical Disaster Studies (NYU Gallatin), the Archives and Public History Program (NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), and the E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection at the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center.
For more information, and to learn more, visit: https://wp.nyu.edu/disasters/covid-collections-project/
DesignSafe Data Depot and Recon Portal
The Data Depot is the data repository for DesignSafe. The web interface to the Data Depot allows you to browse, upload, download, share, curate and publish data stored within the repository. You are encouraged to use the Data Depot not only for curation and publication of research results, but as a working “scratch” area for any of your own data and work in progress. Scientific applications in the Workspace can access your Data Depot files, enabling data analysis directly in the DesignSafe portal that minimizes the need to transfer data to your laptop.
National Security Archive
Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents (“the world’s largest nongovernmental collection” according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.
National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Library
The National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Library is your primary information resource for fire, emergency management, and other all-hazards subjects.
Operated by the U.S. Fire Administration, the NETC library supports National Fire Academy and Emergency Management Institute instructional and research programs by providing relevant collections, tools for resource discovery, and classroom-based and individual research assistance.
Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC)
The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) is a graduate-level program jointly sponsored by the University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum . It is a three-year course leading to a Master of Science in Art Conservation. The curriculum is designed to educate and train conservation professionals to carry out the examination, analysis, stabilization and treatment of art and artifacts, speak to general principles of collection care, and have a broad academic background in science and the humanities.
University of Delaware’s Library, Museums, and Press
The Morris Library is home to a number of disaster-related holdings and maintains subscriptions to numerous academic journals. The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection specializes in the collection of rare and otherwise inaccessible disaster-related materials. For items of general interest, students at the University of Delaware are encouraged to search the collections of Morris Library.
Materials Request Form
Looking for something and don’t see it in our collection have a suggestion for a new acquisition, complete the form below and your request will be reviewed by a resource collection staff member within 24 hours..
Established for an initial term of 10 years, each year one award of $100 will be given to an individual who has used the E.L. Quarantelli collection in a way that demonstrates creativity, advancement to their discipline, or advancement to practice and community well-being.
Awards will be given based on work conducted or newly completed in the calendar year. In some special circumstances, it may also be awarded for long-term and sustained use. To nominate someone for consideration, please email [email protected].
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This resource guide offers resources for libraries of all sizes and types. It contains information on organizations that can provide disaster assistance; disaster recovery resources available online; and a bibliography of print resources.
Emergency Response/Disaster Assistance Phone Numbers Available 24/7
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Disaster Assistance Call 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 7 days a week: 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY 1-800-462-7585 711 or VRS 1-800-621-3362
- Lyrasis Disaster Assistance If your library or institution has suffered damage and would like to request assistance, contact LYRASIS Preservation Services at 504.300.9478. Preservation Services staff is available to provide advice on salvaging collections or connect you to additional resources 24/7. This service, along with all others listed on this page, is free of charge.
- Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Emergency Assistance COLLECTIONS EMERGENCY HOTLINE: (855) 245-8303 NEDCC staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide telephone advice to institutions and individuals handling collection-related disasters. Information provided includes advice on drying wet collections and dealing with damage from fire, pests, and mold. This service does not normally include on-site assistance.
- American Insitute for Conservation: National Heritage Responders Need immediate assistance with a disaster impacting you or your institution? Call the National Heritage Responders at 202.661.8068
- Book Donation Programs Information about how to donate books to needy libraries. Also includes resources for those seeking donations. (Adapted from ALA Library Fact Sheet 12: Sending Books to Needy Libraries: Book Donation Programs)
- Pandemic Preparedness A pandemic is an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population. This page provides information about preparing for a pandemic, and many of the resources are specific to influenza outbreaks.
Libraries and Community Response
- The Role of Libraries and Archives in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Research 2011 Proceedings from the Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL).
- ALA WorldCat List: Disaster Planning for Libraries - Library Safety and Security Books on disaster planning, disaster and emergency preparedness, disaster response, and disaster management and recovery; books on library safety; books on archives and library security.
- Conservation OnLine (CoOL) An online resource by and for conservators and related fields, operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation.
- Staying Safe in the Immediate Aftermath - Red Cross Although each type of disaster brings its own unique challenges, the steps listed here are applicable to many different situations you may face.
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