Michigan State University

Disaster Recovery Committee

The Disaster Recovery Committee responds to all disaster and emergency situations which involve library collections. These situations usually involve water: a leaky pipe; a plugged storm drain; an overflowing drip pan in a mechanical room. As soon as the disaster is identified, members of the DRC respond by covering the book stacks with plastic to minimize further water damage, removing wet books and drying the wet books. At the same time, the DRC makes sure Library Facilities has been alerted to have the problem fixed and contact the relevant subject bibliographers so the DRC can work with them to make decisions on salvage priorities.

The DRC consists of members from across units of the Libraries and the branches. It meets bi-monthly to discuss any recent disasters (which don't happen to frequently, fortunately), potential causes of disasters such as upcoming construction projects, and to review and update procedures.