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Hurricane preparedness and disaster recovery Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Are you prepared to deal with the strong winds, heavy rains and associated flooding that a hurricane brings?

It’s uncertain if or how hard Hurricane Irene will strike Connecticut. Hopefully we’ll just have a rainy day. Even so, here are some links to help you be prepared.

BEFORE THE STORM
National Weather Service National Hurricane Center  with links to Public advisories and Forecast advisories for Hurricane Irene

(for the public)
Ready.gov  and Hurricanes
*Information for individuals and businesses: get a kit; have a plan; be informed

DESPP offers hurricane preparedness tips  (Conn. Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection)

Connecticut guide to emergency preparedness

(for libraries and cultural heritage organizations)
If you have advanced warning:
(excerpts from the Emergency Response & Salvage Wheel ©) 1997, Heritage Preservation)
* Move vital records and high priority items away from windows and below-ground areas into water-resistant areas. Avoid areas under roofs
* Screw plywood over windows or use tape to reduce shattering
* Know location and procedures for shutting off water, gas, and electricity
* Wrap shelves, and storage units in heavy plastic sealed with waterproof tape
* Move outdoor objects indoors or secure in place.
* Take with you a list of staff, public officials, insurance data, emergency plan and supplies
* Make a phone tree for staff communication

BEFORE AND AFTER
Heritage Emergency National Task Force Links and information on disaster preparedness and response, including:

Before and after disasters : federal funding for cultural institutions

Guide to navigating Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions
Tips
* Make sure your losses are included in the amount submitted for your community. This may help your community become eligible for a presidential declaration of a federal emergency or major disaster, which then leads to monetary assistance
* Read the guide carefully to determine if you are eligible

Working with emergency responders : tips for cultural institutions
* See page 4 on During and After an emergency

Resources for Response and Recovery
Including links to resources to help you:
* Assess damage
* Get funding to aid your recovery
* Protect your health
* Salvage your collections

Offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center
Disaster Assistance Hotline 978-470-1010

Disaster Assistance sources of additional information, including these leaflets
Emergency salvage of wet books and records
Emergency salvage of wet photographs
Emergency salvage of moldy books and paper

Suppliers List
* Tip: Search by “category” for vendors of Disaster recovery – Restoration and reformatting

Labor Day Holiday Closing – Sept. 3-5 Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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All State Library facilities will be closed from Saturday, September 3rd through Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day holiday.

July 2011 CONNector Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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The July 2011 issue of the CONNector is now available online at:

http://www.cslib.org/connector/11connector07.pdf

 This latest issue of the Connecticut State Library’s newsletter includes the following topics:

 *    The Declaration of Independence exhibit at the Old State House

*    The Oldest book at the State Library

*    Transfer of Historic Probate Records to the State Library Archives.

*    Connecticut’s Annual Book Festival

*     Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2001 New Digital Collection and Exhibit

*     #AskArchivists Day

*    Summer Photo Exhibit

*    New Ways to Borrow Books

September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds – State Library Opens New Exhibit Thursday, August 18, 2011

Posted by kabery in Archives, history, Museum.
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September  11, 2001
Connecticut State Government Responds

State Library Opens New Exhibit
Former Governor Rowland to Recall His Administration’s Response

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the State of Connecticut was propelled to action. The initial response focused on securing Connecticut and its citizens and offering assistance to New York. In the days to follow, Governor John G. Rowland and Lt. Governor M. Jodi Rell spoke at interreligious services, candlelight vigils, and memorial services around the state offering emotional support to the community.

The September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds exhibit opened this month in Memorial Hall at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, and online at www.cslib.org  features original papers and documents from the State Archives documenting Connecticut’s response to the terrorist attacks. The State Archives has also created a digital collection presenting approximately 206 objects, which together document the response of Connecticut state government to the terrorist attacks both immediately and over time. The collection includes correspondence, memorandums, speeches, photographs, programs from memorial services, and letters of condolence to the State of Connecticut from foreign governments. The bulk of the items are from the records of Governor John G. Rowland, Governor M. Jodi Rell, and the Office of Family Support. The State Archives has been collecting the papers of Connecticut Governor’s since 1630.

Former Governor Rowland will be at the State Library at noon on Thursday, September 15 recalling that terrible day and its aftermath. Former legislator and member of the State Library Board, Allen Hoffman, will discuss with Mr. Rowland his thoughts when he first received word of the attacks, the actions he took and his remembrances of the days that followed. Elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1980 at the age of 23, John Rowland rose rapidly to serve three terms in Congress before being elected the youngest Governor in Connecticut history in 1994.

The exhibit may be viewed Monday through Friday 9:00 to 4:00; and Saturday 9:00 to 2:00 through mid-October. All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public.

September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds, New Exhibit and Digital Collection Thursday, August 4, 2011

Posted by aramsey in Archives, digital collections, Museum.
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The Connecticut State Library recently completed the digital collection and exhibit September 11, 2001: Connecticut State Government Responds.  The digital collection and exhibit documents the response of Connecticut state government to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Included are notes, remarks to citizens, correspondence, reports, programs, photographs, proclamations, and letters of condolence to the State of Connecticut from foreign governments.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the State of Connecticut was propelled to action.  Led by Governor Rowland, the initial response focused on securing Connecticut and its citizens and offering assistance to New York.  In the weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor Rowland personally called family members as the Connecticut victims became known and offered assistance in any way.  So many families began calling his office for help that the governor decided to set up Connecticut Helps – Office of Family Support as a clearing house for information and an advocate for the families.

On September 5, 2002, at the state’s first anniversary memorial service, the State of Connecticut dedicated Connecticut’s 9-11 Living Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Connecticut.  Over the last decade Governor Rowland and Governor Rell continued to offer assistance to the families, approved several laws to further secure the state, worked with charities, assisted insurance companies on terrorism insurance, and gave remarks at numerous memorial services across Connecticut.

The digital collection is now available in the Digital Collections at the Connecticut State Library.  The exhibit is in Memorial Hall at the Connecticut State Library from August 3 to mid-October, 2011.  All exhibits are free and open to the public.