Library Disaster Team

The Disaster Team Leader assumes a primary role in managing the disaster, working closely with the Executive Director of Libraries and other staff.  The Executive Director of Libraries will ultimately be responsible for all actions and decisions, based on advice from the Disaster Team.

 

The Library Disaster Team includes:

Executive Director of Libraries………………………………………………………………………… Rajia Tobia

Disaster Team Leader……………………………………………………………………………… Jonquil Feldman

Collection Resources Head………………………………………………………………………………  John Weed

Office Manager and Human Resources Representative………………………………. Herlinda Howard

Evacuation Management Team Coordinator…………………………………………………………. Ken Wise

Library Technology Coordinator…………………………………………………………………….. Eric Willman

Records Management and Special Collections Restoration Coordinator…………. Anne Comeaux

Photographers/Disaster Documentation Representatives……….. Robert Zuniga & Walter Creech

 

UT Health Science Center Disaster Support:

Chief, UT Police……………………………………………………………………………………….. Michael Parks

Asst VP for Environmental Health and Safety………………………………………… Michael Charlton

Asst VP for Campus Operations, Facilities Management…………………………….. Darrell Maatsch

The Disaster Team will:

  • Coordinate with emergency services (University Police, Facilities Management, Environmental Health and Safety) to determine when and where it is safe to enter the building.
  • Prepare for recovery.  Contact BMS Catastrophe (1-800-433-2940, 210-542-4180-cell).
  • Once staff are allowed back into the building, assess the nature and extent of damage and take photographs to document the damage.
  • Identify a disaster command post with necessary communication equipment, desks, and supplies for directing the recovery effort.
  • Work with BMS Catastrophe to assemble pallets, cartons, book trucks, and work crews.
  • Make salvage decisions and take action quickly because mold can start growing on wet materials within 48 hours.

For more details on handling specific emergencies, consult Procedures for Campus Emergency Situations.

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