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Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Planning Summit


The Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning Summit is a workshop for library administrators, staff, and partners who seek to improve their knowledge around preparedness before, during, and after disasters. The Summit will address topics such as: Introduction to Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Planning, Creating a Disaster Plan, Emergency Preparedness Considerations for People with Disabilities, Design before Disaster, Crisis Communications, Mental Health for Staff, Librarians’ Roles and Supporting Staff in Emergencies, and Partnerships including the FEMA Ambassador program. Hear from colleagues who will talk about living through disasters, and participate in a Collections & Salvage workshop and Disaster Plan Stress Test with the NEDCC. Exact Agenda to be posted soon.


Hilton Garden Inn Columbia
1200 Pickens Street Columbia, SC 29201

Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia
1200 Pickens Street Columbia, SC 29201
Rooms are $124.26 per night including tax. Reserve your room at the conference rate.


Registration is $25 and includes all workshop materials; and breakfast, lunch, and breaks for both days

Terms and Conditions:

Registration closes Friday, September 3.

Registrants may pay by check. Please include the participant's name and the event title with your payment. Make checks to South Carolina State Library, at the following address:
Attn: Finance Department
SC State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

In the event of a cancellation, please contact the organizer.

Travel Grants:

Staff members of South Carolina public library systems are eligible for a special Continuing Education Travel Grant for hotel costs. Please contact Wendy Coplen, Grants Administrator at wcoplen@statelibrary.sc.gov for application materials.

COVID Precautions:

This event follows the health guidelines of the City of Columbia. Masks are strongly recommended in accordance with CDC and SCDHEC guidelines. Event set-up will allow for recommended social distancing space. Hotel cleaning and prevention procedures are available at the Hilton EventReady site.


FM Auditory Assistance, large print or Braille materials, and other accessibility accommodations are available by request. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact the program organizer at least two weeks in advance. 

Questions about the workshop?  Contact: 

Denise Lyons, Deputy Director, dlyons@statelibrary.sc.gov

Tiffany Hayes, Library Development Director, thayes@statelibrary.sc.gov

South Carolina State Library 

Dates & Times:
8:00AM - 5:00PM, Thursday, September 9, 2021
8:00AM - 5:00PM, Friday, September 10, 2021
Columbia, SC
Continuing Education Emergency Planning
Registration has closed. (This event has to be booked as part of a series)