After months of meetings, preparations, surveys and brainstorming, the Auckland Libraries’ Preservation Unit can now report that we’ve finished our Disaster Readiness Kits!
MAY WE NEVER NEED THEM!
The complete, largest and most important kit is for salvage, with floods being a particular focus. The kit is comprised of 3 bins, and I like to describe the contents with the letters ABC:
A is for Admin (documentation tools, torches, multi-plugs – things that allow us to do our job)
B is for Blotting (towels, newsprint, blotter paper – things that will soak up water)
C is for Covering (polyethylene sheets and bags).
The acronym is an imperfect catchall, as there is a little bit of crossover, but the ABCs are easy and quick to recall, which is important in the first moments of a disaster.
We also have two other smaller kits to assist in satellite tasks around salvage. The first is for the initial discovery and survey directly after a disaster has occurred, particularly when it accompanies an event such as an evacuation, or occurs out of hours. These kits only hold the essentials for viewing, recording and planning our disaster salvage, and will be stored in an easy access location near an emergency entry to the building.
The final kit is for disaster support: the support team will use this to assist the salvagers in their work, maintaining records of people at the site, items being processed, and ordering materials or services if required.
Here is a glamour shot of the Disaster Kit.
We have three kits here for the Auckland Libraries’ central heritage areas and store rooms, with one each for the outlying research centres.