Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help
Presenters will introduce the civil legal issues that arise during natural disasters and share how to support related patron information needs.
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Natural disasters strike everywhere. In their wake, communities are left reeling and many people turn to their libraries for support and information. Your library may have plans to secure its facilities and collections in order to keep the doors open, but are you prepared to support patrons’ civil legal issues that arise? A host of urgent needs emerge around FEMA applications, landlord-tenant disputes, property issues, required documentation, and more. Libraries can play a crucial role connecting people with civil legal issues to resources and information that can help. Watch this webinar to learn how to apply reference skills to support community members through this civil legal turmoil and guide them toward positive outcomes. A legal aid attorney and a law librarian share insights based on their personal disaster experiences to introduce library staff to civil legal issues that may arise during a variety of natural disasters.
And building on its Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice foundational course series, WebJunction is launching a new set of courses, Navigating Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters, which address how libraries can support the civil legal information needs of patrons that arise in a natural disaster. More about the new courses is shared in the webinar.
Presented by: Kathy Grunewald, Disaster Coordinator Attorney, Legal Services of North Florida; Sara Pic, Head of Public Services, Law Library of Louisiana; and moderated by Brooke Doyle, Sr. Project Coordinator, WebJunction, OCLC
- View Webinar Recording (You will be prompted to login to our free Course Catalog.)
- Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, project page
- Creating Pathways to Civil Legal Justice, a free self-paced course series available in WebJunction’s Course Catalog
- NEW: Navigating Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters, free self-paced course series
- Civil Legal Assistance in Natural Disasters: A Role for the Library, WebJunction with Kathy Grunewald, 2020
- Libraries at the Disaster Preparedness Table, Brooke Doyle, 2022
- National Preparedness Month, Ready.gov
- Legal Information vs Legal Advice, 9-minute video with Sara Pic
- 3 Realms of ACEs, from PACEs Connection and from CDC, overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
- PLA overview, Public Library Social Work—Overview of Trauma-Informed Care (pdf) and A Trauma-Informed Framework for Supporting Patrons: The PLA Workbook of Best Practices
- Small Business Administration, disaster assistance
- LawHelp.org to find local legal aid
- Disaster Legal Services - Central hotline 888-743-5749
- American Bar Association, Free Legal Answers
- Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, find your state's VOAD
- LADRC.org (Legal Aid Disaster Resource Center, established in 2020 by Legal Services Corporation to provide additional support and resources to disaster legal aid organizations and professionals, pro bono volunteers, and disaster survivors), including State and Territory Resources with local COADs and VOADs
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- Medical Library Association, Disaster Information Specialization
- ABA, Disaster Legal Hotlines (use to contact the local disaster legal services partner in your area)
- Morrison & Foerster publishes free specialized disaster recovery "helping handbooks" for the community. Their wildfire handbooks are especially handy in CA.
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training from FEMA
22 September 2022
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]
Webinar presenter Kathy Grunewald
Webinar presenter Sara Pic
Webinar presenter Brooke Doyle