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Desperately Seeking News Following Hurricane Florence

Posted by on September 19th, 2018 Posted in: Emergency Preparedness and Response, Outreach

Hurricane Florence swept across the southeastern United States and devastated the coastal region. It is impossible for NNLM SEA to know which of our network members have suffered loss or damage based upon news reports.

  • Have you, your library or organization experienced ill effects from the storm?
  • Is there good news after the hurricane that you would like to share with our network members?

Several of our resource libraries have reported back the impact Florence had:

University of South Carolina, School of Medicine Library, Columbia, SC: We’re okay in Columbia, SC. The Library was closed Tuesday-Sunday but back open Monday. The Library had minor leaks around some windows but that’s typical in heavy rains. Staff maintained power in their homes throughout storm. We are very fortunate. Thinking of our colleagues in North Carolina!

Medical University of South Carolina Libraries, Charleston, SC: All is well here in Charleston. Hurricane Florence had very little impact in our area. The University was closed on Tuesday, September 12 and resumed normal operations on Monday, September 17. Thanks for thinking of us.

East Carolina University, Laupus Health Sciences Library, Greenville, NC: We were closed Wednesday-Sunday and came back to leaks in the library this morning (a couple pretty profound, but nothing totally disastrous). We have a couple folks who cannot make it back to work yet because of continued power outages or major cleanup at their homes, but nobody absorbed a total loss. Thank goodness for that.

Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives, Durham, NC: We closed at noon on Thursday and watched it drizzle and blow from our homes for 4 days. On Monday, we returned to work. As staff were coming in, we were hit with 2 tornado warnings and flash flooding through major arteries in town. Our Archives, located off campus in a rented building, had a leak this morning that so far has only damaged supplies. The library suffered only a few small leaks in the usual places.

To learn more about other institutions in NC, please see this news article from WFAE 90.7, Charlotte’s NPR News Source: Universities Announce Plans to Resume Classes, Reopen Campuses After Florence. UNC Wilmington will be closed at least through the end of the week.

While we have heard from only a handful of libraries, we would still like to hear from you! Please call our office at 410-706-2855, e-mail HSHSL-NLMsea@hshsl.umaryland.edu, or share in the comments section of this post. Let us know; we want to hear from you!

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