Ready for Anything

I spent today at a Disaster Preparedness Workshop run by the great Gregor Trinkaus-Randall of the MBLC.  I got more out of the experience than any workshop in recent history, particularly from the opening exercise.   Take a group of librarians who don’t know one another and throw them into an unlit room full of a great variety of drenched materials.  And here’s the key things I took out of that:

10. When hanging up photographs to dry, always use 2 clothespins per photo.

9. Swiss Army Knives are really really useful to have.

8. Newsprint is surprisingly absorbent.

7. Sometimes taking everything out of the water is not the best plan.

6. Sprinklers can be a book’s best friend.

5. When setting up a clothesline, make sure it’s anchored.

4. Always know where your supplies are.

3. If you’re going to approach a disaster from a calmly assessed perspective, make sure you don’t forget to keep that perspective.

2. Never stick your hand into anything until you know for sure that it’s safe.

1. Have a plan.

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