[This blog post was written by Jennifer Blomberg, head of the Collection Management Branch.]
This is the day we welcome spring, dance around a May Pole, and celebrate International Workers Day. It is also a day for cultural institutions to prepare for emergencies and complete a task that will have an impact on our ability to respond to an emergency.
What are we doing for MayDay?
The State Archives of North Carolina will be using this day to update our Pocket Response Plan (PReP) and distribute it to staff. The pocket plan folds down into a business card-sized document and has contact information for staff, first responders, emergency services, utilities, vendors and suppliers, and other essential individuals and agencies.
We are also updating our staff contact list in our Disaster Response Plan. This list will have all up-to-date contact information of staff work and home phone numbers, mobile phone numbers and email addresses. One of the most important parts of disaster response is knowing who to contact.
Please take some time today and do a small task that could make a difference in responding to a disaster. When reaction is prompt and efficient, the effects can be greatly minimized.