This webinar trains librarians to facilitate discussions within their communities to help people be safer, better prepared, and more resilient where they live, work, and play. The training introduces a series of easy to learn “What would you do?” scenarios developed by FEMA. As “Preparedness Ambassadors,” a term used by FEMA, librarians learn how to facilitate easy to use scenarios in several different areas such as hurricanes, civic unrest, pet preparedness, wildfire, and more.
Through this webinar you will learn:
1. How librarians contribute to community resiliency as Preparedness Ambassadors
2. How to facilitate a short FEMA tabletop preparedness exercise
3. The importance of community preparedness
Librarians as Community Preparedness Ambassadors
Michele Stricker is the Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library where she is responsible for library trustee and director education and training, strategic planning, and preservation best practices for special collections, disaster preparedness, and community resiliency. In addition to an MLIS from Rutgers University, she has an MFA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University, and an MA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her certification in Preservation Management from the Rutgers School of Professional Development, and has taught Preservation of Library & Archival Materials for the Rutgers Graduate School of Communication & Information. Michele was named one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers of 2019.