Disaster KitsEach library is equipped with at least one disaster kit that houses basic supplies like paper towels, sponges, scissors, and plastic. Our kits are outfitted with wheels and a handle to allow them to be transported easily.
4Cs Emergency Response CardsWe have developed an emergency card for everyone to have by their phones, in their wallet, or posted in their office, outlining simple steps anyone can take in event of a collections emergency.
We have disaster plans for each library, in a longer written form and a “pocket plan” version that folds into a credit card sleeve. The pocket plan is based on the Council of State Archivists’ Pocket Response Plan.
The University of Kansas is a member of the Kansas Cultural Heritage Emergency Resources Network (KCHERN) made up of libraries, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions located throughout the state. More information is available at their website.
Disaster Planning in Action
In 2012, we faced our largest challenge to date, when 17,000 items were inundated in the Murphy Art & Architecture Library by a water main break. Thanks to planning and teamwork, better than 97% of the items were recovered and returned to use.